Management of Waste as an important Long Term Plan issue

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From: William Foster

Dear Auckland Council,

The 2021-2031 10 Year Budget (Long Term Plan) consultation document and supporting documents are consultation documents following the special procedure requirements of the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA).

These long term plan documents make no reference to a new regional landfill. Nor does any new regional landfill provision appear in the Auckland Plan 2050.

The private proposal to establish a regional landfill at Wayby valley has received significant attention and the plan change and resource consent application to vary the Unitary Plan are currently under consideration by Commissioners.

Management of regional waste is a significant and important issue and Auckland Council (AC)’s plans for that are set out in Auckland’s Waste Management and Minimisation Plan of 2018 which aims for zero waste by 2040 and has no reference to a new regional landfill.

Please provide any documents associated with the preparation of the Long Term Plan consultation documents that:
* refer to the proposal for a new regional landfill in the Wayby Valley (or elsewhere);
* identify whether the provision of a new regional landfill is a significant or important issue or choice;
* refer to whether or not provision of, or for, a new regional landfill should be provided for in the proposed long term plan;
* consider how the local authority is informing discussions with its communities about this choice; or
* refer to whether AC is complying with the requirements of the LGA by not including reference to the new landfill in the consultation document, or by failing to refer to whether or not AC has any plans for a new regional landfill or alternatives for waste disposal.

Yours faithfully,

William Foster

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Kia ora Willaim

 

Thank you for your request for information about a new regional landfill.

 

I have attached an information sheet on our processes and requirements
under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

 

We will respond to your request as soon as possible and in any event no
later than 20 working days after the day your request was received. 

 

If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Sinclair at 09 301 0101
[email address]  quoting reference number
8140008303.

 

Ngā mihi

 

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Dear William

Thank you for your request for information.  Please see attached our
response.

If you have any further queries please contact me on (09)  890 7151,
quoting Official Information Request No 8140008303.

Please note you have the right to request a review of this decision from
the Ombudsman.

Kind regards

Samantha Sinclair | Senior Privacy & Official Information Business
Partner  

Governance Services | Auckland Council

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From: William Foster

Dear Auckland Council,

Thank you for your response to my original queries.

Further to your response I have the following questions as an additional or new LGOIMA request.

1. When did Auckland Council, [including any of its subsidiaries and controlled companies] (AC) first become aware of the intention, or proposals, or Waste Management NZ (WMNZ) to establish a new regional landfill at Wayby Valley (the Proposal)?

2. Please provide details and associated correspondence of any discussions AC has had with landfill managers for the disposal of residual waste to landfill beyond when the Redale landfill’s consent expires in 2028.

3. Please provide all correspondence (including emails or other documents) between AC and WMNZ from the period when AC first became aware of the WMNZ Proposal or Jan 2014 (whichever is the earlier) until WMNZ had its resource consent application accepted by AC (13 March 2020).

4. Please identify any of that correspondence between AC and WMNZ that relates to capacity at the WMNZ landfill at Redvale?

5. Please advise how much AC has spent annually for disposal of residual waste-to-landfill annually since 2014 at Redvale and at other landfills separately.

6. Please provide non-commercial details of any contracts between AC and WMNZ for disposal of waste at Redvale or elsewhere, including initiation, renewal and expiry dates and similar details for any other contracts AC has with alternative landfill managers for waste disposal.

7. Does AC have any preliminary understanding or agreement (formal or informal) with WMNZ for the disposal of waste to the new regional landfill if the Proposal is finally approved?

8. Please advise AC’s policy for awarding contracts for residual waste disposal to landfill, including criteria for selection; and whether the contract includes transport to landfill or if that is a separate contract or contracts.

9. Please advise AC’s current plans and intentions regarding the disposal of residual waste to landfill once the consent at Redvale expires in 2028, including which alternative landfill sites have been considered, if the Proposal is not approved.

Yours sincerely,

William Foster

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Kia ora William,

Thank you for your email.

Your request as it currently stands is potentially very large and will be too substantial for us to process. It therefore appears likely that your original request will need to be clarified or amended to enable us to respond.

Can you please let us know which one thing you are mainly interested in from the below and would like to focus on? The more specific you are, the more likely we will be to be able to locate information and make a decision on its release.

Some of the information you are seeking may potentially be found on the Resource Consent Hearings page on the Auckland Council website below.
https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/have...

Please respond with your refined request by Friday 6 August 2021. Please note, any clarification or amendment of a request is considered to be a new request for the purpose of calculating the maximum statutory timeframe for response—see section 13(7) of the LGOIMA.

Ngā mihi,

Amanda
The Privacy & LGOIMA team
Auckland Council

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From: William Foster

Dear Amanda,

In terms of priority, please respond firstly to questions 1, 6, 7, and 9.

Question 2 may be treated as a separate subsequent request.

Questions 2, 3 and 4 involve correspondence and are related and may be responded to subsequently.

Questions 5 and 8 stands on their own and may have a separate response.

I trust this will assist with making my request more manageable.

Yours sincerely,

William Foster

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Kia ora William,

 

Thank you for your email. We will focus on, and respond to questions 1,6,7
and 9.

 

I have attached an information sheet on our processes and requirements
under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

 

We will respond to your request as soon as possible and in any event no
later than 20 working days after the day your clarified request was
received. 

 

If you have further questions please feel free to contact Jenny Hua
([1][email address]) on 09 301 0101, quoting reference
8140008936.

 

Ngā mihi,

The Privacy and LGOIMA team

Auckland Council

 

From: William Foster <[FOI #14913 email]>
Sent: Monday, 2 August 2021 5:11 pm
To: Official Information <[email address]>
Subject: RE: LGOIMA -8140008303 -New Regional Landfill

 

Dear Amanda,

 

In terms of priority, please respond firstly to questions 1, 6, 7, and 9.

 

Question 2 may be treated as a separate subsequent request.

 

Questions 2, 3 and 4 involve correspondence and are related and may be
responded to subsequently.

 

Questions 5 and 8 stands on their own and may have a separate response.

 

I trust this will assist with making my request more manageable.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

William Foster

 

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Dear William

Thank you for your request for information on landfill sites. Please find
our response letter attached.

If you have any further queries please contact me on 09 301 0101, quoting
Official Information Request No 8140008936.

Please note you have the right to request a review of this decision from
the Ombudsman.

 

Kind regards

Jenny Hua

Senior Privacy & Official Information Business Partner

Governance Services 

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From: William Foster

Dear Auckland Council,

Thank You Jenny for the information.

May I please now have replies to my Questions 5 & 8 next, and subsequently Questions 2,3, and 4 (which I appreciate would take longer to respond to)

Yours sincerely,

William Foster

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Kia ora Willaim

 

Thank you for your request for information about residual waste disposal
to landfill. To confirm, we will be responding to Q5 and Q8 from your
original request, highlighted below.

 

5. Please advise how much AC has spent annually for disposal of residual
waste-to-landfill annually since 2014 at Redvale and at other landfills
separately.

 

8. Please advise AC’s policy for awarding contracts for residual waste
disposal to landfill, including criteria for selection; and whether the
contract includes transport to landfill or if that is a separate contract
or contracts.

 

I have attached an information sheet on our processes and requirements
under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

 

We will respond to your request as soon as possible and in any event no
later than 20 working days after the day your request was received. 

 

If you have further questions please feel free to contact Jenny Hua
([1][email address]) on 09 301 0101, quoting reference
8140009165. 

Ngā mihi,

The Privacy and LGOIMA team

Auckland Council

 

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From: Jenny Hua
Auckland Council

Dear William,

 

I hope everything is going well with you under the current covid alert
level lockdown.

 

Further to our email to you on 25 August, acknowledging the receipt of
your request, can you please confirm in regards to your question relating
to the council’s annual spending for disposal of residual
waste-to-landfill annually since 2014 at Redvale and at other landfills
separately, can you please identifying which council waste disposal
service are you referring to? i.e. to Council Refuse, Inorganic, Illegal
Dumping and Refuse Transfer Station waste?

 

Please advise so we can proceed with collating information for your
request. Many thanks.

 

Regards and stay well

Jenny Hua | Senior Privacy & Official Information Business Partner
Governance Services | Auckland Council
Ph 09 301 0101
Auckland Council, 135 Albert Street, Auckland
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From: Amanda Pillay On Behalf Of Official Information
Sent: Wednesday, 25 August, 2021 10:22 AM
To: 'William Foster' <[FOI #14913 email]>
Subject: LGOIMA - 8140009165 - Residual waste disposal to landfill

 

Kia ora Willaim

 

Thank you for your request for information about residual waste disposal
to landfill. To confirm, we will be responding to Q5 and Q8 from your
original request, highlighted below.

 

5. Please advise how much AC has spent annually for disposal of residual
waste-to-landfill annually since 2014 at Redvale and at other landfills
separately.

 

8. Please advise AC’s policy for awarding contracts for residual waste
disposal to landfill, including criteria for selection; and whether the
contract includes transport to landfill or if that is a separate contract
or contracts.

 

I have attached an information sheet on our processes and requirements
under the Local Government Official Information and Meetings Act 1987.

 

We will respond to your request as soon as possible and in any event no
later than 20 working days after the day your request was received. 

 

If you have further questions please feel free to contact Jenny Hua
([2][email address]) on 09 301 0101, quoting reference
8140009165. 

Ngā mihi,

The Privacy and LGOIMA team

Auckland Council

 

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From: William Foster

Dear Jenny Hua,

In response to your follow-up question, I would be pleased to receive the annual costs for AC's disposal of all kinds of waste to landfill at each of the different landfills used, as per my request. If this is further separated out by categories of waste, as you indicate, because the data is collected this way, that would be helpful.

Thank you for this.

Yours sincerely,

William Foster

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From: William Foster

Dear Jenny Hua,
I thought I had replied to this query sorry.

My original request is for the annual costs (what AC pays to the operator, either directly or through contractors used to transport waste to landfill) since 2014 for disposal of any and all types of waste at each of the landfills it uses (used). I was requesting the costs of actually using/accessing the landfill for disposal, not including the collection or other processing or transport costs of getting waste to the landfill, although e.g. (hypothetical since I don't know) if AC has contracts for transport and disposal which do not separate out the landfill use cost component I would not expect those to be separated out but just explained.

If the information is disaggregated or held separately by the type of waste service which disposes of waste at a landfill i.e. to Council Refuse, Inorganic, Illegal Dumping and Refuse Transfer Station waste, that would be helpful thank you.

Yours sincerely,

William Foster

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