Keeping Food/Garden Waste Out of Landfills –  Waikato Regional Council Secures Funds to Help Achieve This Across The Region

Waikato Regional Council has secured $134,000 from the Ministry for the Environment to explore practical options to put food and garden waste to best use, and out of landfills.

This vital work will provide essential additional support to Thames Coromandel District Council, Hauraki District Council and other councils, iwi, hapū and marae, and to local community organisations already doing fantastic waste prevention work such as the Seagull Centre in Thames and the Mercury Bay Recovery Centre.

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$9 Million to Drain a Sinking Farmed Wetland Below Sea Level ?

A Waikato Regional Council (WRC) project near Ngatea on the Hauraki Plains to use pumps and a canal to drain 1100 hectares of farmland on sinking peatland/wetland has seen the cost rise steeply from $2 million in 2013 to $9 million today.  The cost benefit analysis carried out was deficient, and the latest research on potential climate change impacts has not been adequately considered.  A rigorous review of the project is required.

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