Say 'No' to the South Christchurch Toxic Waste Facility

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Waste Management has applied for Resource Consent to operate a new toxic and hazardous waste treatment and stabilisation plant at 305 Marshes Road in South Hornby. The proposal includes an open air tyre-shredding machine and facilities to process solvents, heavy metals, petrochemicals and septic waste. 

In December 2018, Christchurch City Council (CCC) issued consents for the plant operation covering issues such as noise, traffic and hours of operation. In March 2019, Environment Canterbury (ECan) granted consents for construction and the discharge of stormwater.  Local residents were not given the opportunity to comment on these applications.

In March 2019, Waste Management also lodged an application with ECan to discharge waste products from the recycling processes to air.  ECan sought the advice of the CCC, the Selwyn District Council (SDC) and the Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB).  In its reply, the CDHB noted its concerns about the impact on the Prebbleton community and suggested that Prebbleton residents be consulted.  This suggestion was ignored and a limited notified consent process was used in December 2019. This meant that information regarding the proposal was sent to just 22 neighbouring properties.

The proposed plant is situated less than 1km from many residential properties in Prebbleton and is close to local schools and kindergartens. Community members are concerned that contaminants and noise from the plant will have an adverse impact on the village and its residents.

This petition calls for wider public consultation so that the entire community has an opportunity to be involved in the decision making process.

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