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Closed Landfills

Focus Environmental Services Limited (FES) were successful in winning the contract from Nelson City Council to complete an environmental assessment of the Atawhai Closed Landfill in Nelson. This project involved the investigation of the existing cap/cover across the landfill for both thickness, composition and contaminated status. The completion of instantaneous surface monitoring (ISM) for landfill gas emission, a visual inspection of the surface cover and adjacent shoreline, sub-ground headspace monitoring for landfill gas, installation and monitoring of ten landfill gas monitoring wells, and an initial assessment of the quality of the underlying leachate/groundwater and potential tidal influence was also undertaken.


Following this site investigation, a Site Monitoring and Management Plan was prepared to provide site-specific management procedures required to mitigate the potential effects of settlement, exposure to contaminated soils and/or refuse, landfill gas and leachate during service maintenance, soil disturbance and site development activities at the Atawhai Closed Landfill site.


Following several monitoring events over an initial two-year monitoring period FES derived site specific trigger levels that have been incorporated into the SMMP for the closed landfill site.


As outlined in the SMMP, visual inspections, instantaneous surface monitoring (ISM) gas emission surveys, landfill gas and leachate monitoring has been and is currently been undertaken by Focus Environmental Services Limited.



Stockpile Materials Testing

Focus Environmental Services Limited undertakes regular sampling and characterisation of imported spoil materials from various developments across Auckland at the yard of one of New Zealand’s largest infrastructure and civil contractors. 


The stockpiled materials are first inspected for any visual or olfactory evidence of contamination prior to the collection of representative samples in accordance with the Contaminated Land Management Guidelines No.5 (MfE, 2011) and urgently analysed.


Following the analytical results, the materials are characterised as Cleanfill, Managed Fill, or Landfill and compared to the acceptance criteria for the chosen fill facilities in the Auckland region to allow for appropriate disposal. This is all completed within a 3-5-day timeframe, allowing the client to quickly move the imported material through their yard.



Asbestos Surveying Projects

Focus Environmental Services has worked on numerous commercial building surveying projects, for both standalone companies, as well as national businesses. One of those projects involved the completion of Asbestos Building Surveys, the preparation of Asbestos Registers and Asbestos Management Plans for sixteen National Storage Centres across both the North & South Island of New Zealand.


In addition to commercial building surveys Focus Environmental Services also undertake numerous domestic building surveys, for both individual residential owners and landlords as well as for larger projects as part of the governments special housing schemes. Currently we are involved in both the Mangere and Oranga Housing Development with Homes Land Community and Piratahi.


Whether our investigations are for demolition or management purposes, the asbestos services provided by FES allows the PCPU to make informed decisions which ensure the safety and well being of all involved.


This is what our clients have to say about our services: 

'Hugh Green Group have been using Focus Environmental Services Limited as environmental consultants for our projects since their establishment in 2008. They have prepared numerous Preliminary Site Investigations, Detailed Site Investigations, Remediation Action Plans, Assessment of Environmental Effects and Site Validation Reports for various Hugh Green Group Projects over the years.


Focus always provide a prompt, transparent and detailed service at a cost-effective price to address all of our environmental needs. They are professional and experienced in their field of expertise.


The team at Focus are always extremely helpful and responsive to all of our queries and work well with our Hugh Green Group Project teams.


The team at Focus are a pleasure to work with and we will continue to contract them for our environmental consultancy needs for the foreseeable future' 

- Hugh Green Group   



'Oyster Capital (and its subsidiaries) have engaged Focus Environmental to undertake a range of contamination investigations and reporting across multiple sites throughout the Auckland Region over the last three years. Services provided to Oyster Capital by Focus Environmental have included Preliminary and Detailed Site Investigations on large greenfield land development projects, as well as detailed site investigations and Site Validation Sampling and Reporting for large holdings and individual residential sections. 


The service Oyster Capital has received from Focus Environmental has always been professional, prompt and considered. I would not hesitate recommending Focus Environmental for contamination investigations and reporting.' 

 - Oyster Capital Limited   



'Focus Environmental (Focus) has been providing exceptional service to Establish since 2016 on numerous projects which require a PSI, DSI, RAP, AEE & SVR throughout New Zealand. Focus have always provided clear and transparent costs and effective solutions to our environmental needs. These qualities that Focus possess have delivered outstanding results when engaged to provide environmental services relating to contaminated land and asbestos management. 


We find the team at Focus very helpful and responsive and they work well with the Establish projects team.' 

- Establish ECE Limited


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