Story: Sewage, water and waste

Porirua rubbish tip, 1987

Porirua rubbish tip, 1987

Seagulls wheeling above piles of stinking rubbish is a memory many New Zealanders have of the rubbish tip. Until the 1990s people drove right up to the tip face and dumped their rubbish. A compactor with studded steel wheels then drove over it all. In the 2000s most tipping was done into a concrete bunker. The rubbish was then sorted, and transferred by truck up to the tip face.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1987/6934/20
Photograph by Phil Reid

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How to cite this page:

Christine Dann, 'Sewage, water and waste - Cleaning up dumps', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/24454/porirua-rubbish-tip-1987 (accessed 30 October 2020)

Story by Christine Dann, published 11 Mar 2010