Tuesday 22nd March 2011 3 Comments
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Lyttelton Port - one of the businesses hard-hit by Christchurch's earthquake of last September and the disastrous aftershock on February 22 - hopes to find a silver lining by using the rubble of demolished buildings to reclaim land from the sea.
The port company said today that accepting contractors can dump truckloads of rock, rubble and concrete at the reclamation area at the eastern end of the port.
"This scheme is a win-win," said port company chief executive Peter Davie.
"It benefits Christchurch because it diverts that material from landfill," he said. "At the same time, it will build future storage space and so assists the further development of the port as the cargo hub for the South Island."
Rubble disposal would be free, which, Davie said would give significant savings to building owners and insurance companies.
City authorities have previously told residents who tried to put out cleanfill such as bricks and rubble for rubbish collection that they will have to pay $25 a tonne for disposal. The city has produced huge quantities of tonnes of rubble, which will include buildings yet to be demolished, such as the 26-storey Grand Chancellor Hotel high-rise.
Tonnes of debris from the CTV and Pyne Gould buildings - in which an estimated 110 people died - have been kept isolated amid fears about asbestos and a desire to be as sensitive as possible about remains of victims crushed in the rubble.
Other rubble from damaged buildings in the city centre has already been sorted at the Burwood landfill, with materials such as concrete and bricks recycled - some of it to be crushed and used instead of "new" crushed rock construction.
The 260,000 tonnes of silt removed from city streets is to be turned into sand dunes at the old Burwood landfill.
The Canterbury Regional Council has supported the hard-fill dump at the port, which will be managed by Phil Mauger.
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