Popular . . . The Gore Transfer Station has had an increase in greenwaste disposal since removing charges in May last year. PHOTO: THE ENSIGN FILES

The Gore District council is hoping to deter non-residents from disposing of green waste at the Gore transfer station.

This is one reason why changes are being considered.

At a council meeting last month councillors voted to have the council’s waste management working party look at introducing some charges.

The party comprised councillors Richard McPhail, Bret Highsted and Cliff Bolger.

Cr McPhail said it was a good idea to look into charging for non-residential green waste.

“There’s commercial users that are coming in and dumping large amounts,” Cr McPhail said.

“I think there’s probably some merit in keeping green waste for the domestic user.”

A report tabled during the meeting by facilities administration officer Neil Mair stated that although green waste was no longer weighed, a considerable increase in volume was visible since disposal charges were removed in May 2020.

The report recommended that the council consider charging for green waste disposal apart from domestic trailer loads from ratepayers.

Reasons for the increase included “green waste [allegedly] being brought in from outside the Gore District and commercial operators no longer using previously established private dumps”.

The size of loads was also an issue.

“Since free dumping of green waste was introduced, the volume delivered to the transfer station has increased considerably, including several truckloads of a full macrocarpa hedge and some full-size trees,” the report said.

During the meeting councillors also voted to spend $12,614 to install pads and an access track at the transfer station, and $25,000 to cover groundwork, ground cover and drainage costs.