Rule 8 Discharges containing human sewage not otherwise provided for
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Any discharge containing human sewage onto or into land is a Discretionary Activity unless the discharge is allowed by Rule 3, 5, 6, or 7.
Explanation. This rule applies to any discharge that contains human sewage, whether as sewage effluent, sewage sludge, or sewage compost, except discharges specifically allowed by Rule 5 (pit latrines), Rule 6 (aerobically treated sewage), or Rule 7 (on-site sewage treatment and disposal). Applications for resource consents for activities covered by this rule will be assessed with regard to Policies 4.2.12-4.2.14 and 4.2.16. Matters that will be considered for all applications are included in section 5.3.4 of the Plan.
Existing landfills in the Region have been granted resource consents, as required under sections 418(1A) and (1B) of the Resource Management Act 1991. Some consents allow the co-disposal of sewage sludge subject to conditions. No additional consents are required to discharge sewage sludge at these landfills during the term of their existing consents.