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Recycling depot may relocate

Illegal dumping, noise and fire risk are behind a move to relocate the St Andrews Recycling Depot Residents are fed up with the continued dumping of illegal rubbish and excessive noise, and told authorities the site is a health and safety hazards
The depot is situated on Blue Cliffs Rd, in the centre of the township and has been the focus of concern in recent years as litter bugs haven’t got the message.

The St Andrews Recycling Depot is likely to be moved as authorities continue to receive complaints over noise, illegal dumping and fire risk.
The Blue Cliffs Rd depot has been the focus of residents’ concerns as non-recyclable rubbish continues to be left at the site.
The depot was set up by residents in partnership with the Waimate District Council several years ago.
A neighbouring resident, Murray Carter, said the discarded rubbish attracted vermin, leaving him concerned about health and safety.
“There is noise all hours of the day and all hours of the night with people dropping off non-recyclable rubbish.
“It’s also a fire hazard.”
Mr Carter said he wanted to see the depot relocated and had suggested alternative sites at meetings with the Waimate District Council.
District council asset manager Dan Mitchell said a potential site had been selected elsewhere on Blue Cliffs Rd.
“In order to progress this option, a site plan needs to be generated and approved in the first instance.
“Once approved, council staff will need to consult with the wider community, those using the facility and those in proximity to the new facility on the decommissioning of the urban facility and the commissioning of the new semi-rural facility.
“We would anticipate that this work will happen in the next month or so.”
Mr Mitchell said he met residents in January and April to discuss the issues.
“The main issues raised by residents were actually the noise generated at the site, its proximity to residential dwellings and the risk of fire.
“The latter was of particular concern to Mr Carter, whose property is adjacent to the resource recovery drop-off.
“Other concerns were wind-blown detritus associated with the site in general and the illegal dumping of material.”