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About Transwaste Canterbury

In the early 1990s there were 52 old-style dumps still in operation in Canterbury. All of these were without liners or gas collection systems and most were located in convenient “holes” directly above the vital Canterbury plains water supply aquifers. Some were even occupying riverbeds.
The Resource Management Act of 1991 introduced environmental requirements that would ultimately force the closure of these old-style rubbish dumps.

The Resource Management Act of 1991 introduced environmental requirements that would ultimately force the closure of these old-style rubbish dumps.
As a result the city and district Councils in Canterbury needed to begin looking for potential sites for new environmentally secure and well-engineered landfills to provide for future waste disposal needs.
By 1995 many of Canterbury’s councils were discovering that the potential cost to ratepayers of developing new local landfills was going to be prohibitive. The councils realised they could not justify the expense of building and operating comprehensively engineered landfills because their waste volumes were too small.
In 1996 all ten Canterbury councils formed a Joint Committee to formulate a plan for managing the region’s waste. The councils believed working as a collective would enable them to develop a modern landfill, of an international standard, that would provide affordable environmental security to the region. This was the first time that Canterbury councils had worked together formally on a region-wide matter.
After spending several months studying expressions of interest and proposals from a number of waste companies the joint councils chose two private sector waste companies with recognised landfill expertise to work together with the councils on development of a single landfill for Canterbury. This was implemented through a commercial joint venture known as Transwaste Canterbury Limited (“Transwaste”).
This public/private partnership was one of the first such initiatives in New Zealand, and is certainly one of the most complex, involving five councils and the largest private waste company in New Zealand. The public sector participants in Transwaste are Christchurch City Council, and the Hurunui, Waimakariri, Selwyn and Ashburton District Councils. The private sector half of Transwaste is Canterbury
Waste Services Ltd (CWS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Waste Management NZ Ltd. CWS acts as the “working partner” for Transwaste, and has developed and is operating the Kate Valley Landfill and its integrated general waste transport system.
A unique feature of Transwaste is the built-in obligation of the commercial landfill company to work in concert with the wider community goals of long-term waste minimisation. In an environment where the high cost of vital modern infrastructure is leading to exclusively private sector provision of landfills, as in Auckland, the Canterbury solution has ensured publicly elected bodies will continue to have a major role in community waste management systems.


Transwaste Canterbury Directors’ details


Appointed by:

Other roles:

Gill Cox


Canterbury Joint Landfill Committee

Professional Director

Richard Davison

Canterbury Joint Landfill Committee

Councillor, Hurunui District Council

Glenn Livingstone

Canterbury Joint Landfill Committee

Councillor, Christchurch City Council
Chairman – Canterbury Joint Landfill Committee

Gareth James

Waste Management NZ

General Manager, Waste Management NZ South Island

Ian Kennedy

Waste Management NZ

General Manager, Operations and Technical Services,
Waste Management NZ

Trevor McIntyre

Canterbury Joint Landfill Committee

Independent Director

Brent McKenzie

Waste Management NZ

Consultant to and former CFO of  Waste Management NZ

Tom Nickels

 Waste Management NZ

Managing Director, Waste Management NZ