Funding secured to manage quake waste

7:22 pm on 11 June 2012

Local and central government agencies in Christchurch have secured funding to manage earthquake waste and contaminated land for the next two years.

There are at least 47 sites handling quake waste in Christchurch, which presents significant challenges.

Before the quakes, which began in September 2010, the industry was designed to handle 225,000 tonnes of city waste and 600,000 tonnes of contaminated waste each year.

Environment Canterbury manager for monitoring and compliance Brett Aldridge says it is estimated the earthquakes will produce about 8.75 million tonnes of contaminated waste.

Environment Canterbury, the Christchurch City Council, the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority and the Selwyn and Waimakariri district councils will work together so the waste does not hamper rebuild efforts or restrict future land use.