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Managing contaminated land, hazardous substances and waste

Last updated: 22 February 2023
Reporting frequency: Quarterly
Portfolio: Climate change and community resilience

We are identifying and managing contaminated land, hazardous substances and waste so that risks to humans and the environment can be properly managed.

We are required under the Resource Management Act 1991 to manage the discharge of contaminants to the environment and to investigate land for the purpose of identifying and monitoring contaminated land.

We also aim to support new and better ways of managing waste and hazardous substances across the region.

This work includes:

  • Contaminated land identification and monitoring
  • Contaminated site response
  • Delivery of waste reduction projects in collaboration with district and city councils in the region.

Find out more about waste and hazardous substance management.

How are we tracking on our Levels of Service?

Level of Service 24: Identify and monitor contaminated land.

To achieve this level of service we will:

  • 24.1 Identify potentially high-risk contaminated sites in the Canterbury region.

How are we doing: The planned work programme for 2022/23 has been completed.

Achieved
Level of Service 24: Identify and monitor contaminated land

To achieve this level of service we will:

  • 24.2 Produce a priority list of closed landfill sites threatened by the impacts of climate change.

How are we doing: We are currently working to finalise validation of the general model and prioritised list of sites. In the meantime, we are refining the list of at-risk landfill sites in preparation for communication with individual landowners. Preparation of the communications plan will commence in the next six months.

At risk
Level of Service 25: Partner with the Canterbury region’s city and district councils to progress waste minimisation.

To achieve this level of service we will:

  • 25.1 Undertake a regional waste data project in collaboration with the region’s territorial authorities.

How are we doing: Participating in the Canterbury Waste Joint Committee (CWJC) will facilitate collaborative working with other councils.

On track

How are we doing on our key initiatives?

Christchurch south contaminated land remediation project

How are we doing: The earthworks tender was completed and contract awarded. Works commenced in late December 2022, with completion expected by the end of quarter three.

On track
Develop regional waste strategy and undertake regional waste data project

How are we doing: Environment Canterbury has been invited to join the Canterbury Waste Joint Committee (CWJC).

On track

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