Proposed Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

Waikato District Council is now seeking feedback on its Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP).

The WMMP sets the direction for waste management and minimisation in the Waikato District.

We are required to review the plan every six years and our proposed vision for the 2018-24 WMMP is that zero waste and resource recovery are an integral part of our community.

This vision sets the strategic picture as to where Council wants to move to in the area of waste management and minimisation and outlines Council’s aspirations for the community and businesses to achieve.

The plan intends to focus on the avoidance, reduction and minimisation of waste, and to make use of opportunities created from resource recovery.

Goals include a reduced quantity of material entering the waste stream, ensuring collaborative partnerships with key stakeholders are growing our “zero-waste communities” and that our waste minimisation and management are best practice, and manage social, cultural, spiritual, economic, health and environmental impacts of waste.

Targets include increasing per capita kerbside diverted material by 10% and reducing the per capita kerbside rubbish to landfill by 5%.

As well as continuing kerbside and other council services (such as litter and illegal dumping collections), proposed activities in the WMMP include:

  • a review of waste services and behaviour change programmes to bring them into alignment with the WMMP (including, but not limited to, contracting of solid waste services, kerbside refuse service, inorganic collection, food waste and drop off collections)
  • the development of new recycling centres
  • the introduction of a Solid Waste Bylaw and a waste operator licensing system
  • improved mechanisms for the collection of waste information
  • greater co-operation with other councils in the region, Mana Whenua, community groups and the private sector
  • advocating for greater Central Government leadership on waste issues such as the introduction of mandatory product stewardship and a container deposit scheme.

The WMMP is supported by another document, the Waste Assessment which presents a clear picture of what happens with waste in the Waikato District area, what forces are driving current behaviours and outcomes, and to highlight the key issues and the basic options for addressing those issues.

Consultation closed on 23 May.