Waste plan adopted and options being considered

Reducing waste, whether it is discarded plastic bags or other items, is central to the Eastern Waikato Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP), which the Matamata-Piako District Council adopted at its meeting last week. The new plan can be viewed at www.mpdc.govt.nz.

The Plan sets out how the three Eastern Waikato Councils (Hauraki, Thames Coromandel and Matamata-Piako) are working together to manage waste for the benefit of everyone in the community.

The original plan dates from 2011 and was written with the input of the community and waste management professionals. In line with the Waste Management Act 2008, it was reviewed earlier this year with community input.

The plan's vision is to "minimise waste to landfill and maximise community benefit".

Goals include actively promoting waste reduction, working together to maximise opportunities, and managing waste services in the most cost-effective manner.

Targets include a 13% reduction in the total quantity of waste sent to landfills by 2020 and a 5% reduction in kerbside waste by 2022.

Existing services will continue and we'll investigate new ways to divert waste from landfill, said Matamata-Piako District Mayor Jan Barnes.

“To support the WMMP goals, Council has recently been seeking feedback on options to reduce waste. Council has come up with 10 options to reduce waste, including a ‘buy what you need’ system for our kerbside rubbish bags, or going further by moving from bags to bins,” she said.

“These options were put out for consultation over the last month, and received 63 submissions, but we want to keep you engaged in the area of waste reduction and sustainability in general. Council will consider these submissions to help inform the development of our 10 Year Plan. We will seek feedback on this plan early next year.”