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Greytown resident Warren Woodgyer has concerns over the town’s transfer station. PHOTO/ MARCUS ANSELM

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A Greytown local wants action on a growing heap of green waste at the town’s transfer station.

Warren Woodgyer said the pile had been growing since December last year.

Woodgyer, who lives near the station on Cotter St, said he had concerns over pest control, and possible pollution of nearby waterways.

He also said the pile was an eyesore along the Woodside trail walk, which passes by the transfer station.

“It’s not a good look,” he said.

“How can people go down there and use it, the way it is?

“It’s not going to get any smaller, with people coming, more and more. It’s not a transfer station, for green waste.”

Woodgyer said he thought if the plant matter was composting, it needed further consent requirements.

SWDC’s Euan Stitt said the council had not received any complaints about the state of the area from its subcontractor.

“The staff at Earthcare, who manage the centre on our behalf, have assured council that they are not aware of any issues with the site becoming over-full or causing issues with a nearby stream.

“The recycling is taken away for sorting, and the green waste is taken away to be mulched periodically, or as soon as the areas become full.

“Of course, we take our responsibilities to protect the environment seriously and we’ll continue to engage with Earthcare on this matter.”


Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland
Emily Ireland is Wairarapa’s Local Democracy Reporter, a Public Interest Journalism role funded through NZ On Air. Emily has worked at the Wairarapa Times-Age for seven years and has a keen interest in council decision-making and transparency.

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