Waste Management and Minimisation Plan
We have developed a Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) with Hauraki and Thames Coromandel District Councils. The plan was adopted by Council on 8 February 2012.
Why do we need a plan for waste?
- Because we all care about our environment we want to reduce more waste going to landfill and increase our recycling and reuse efforts
- We want to save our ratepayers money by investigating better ways of managing waste
- By law, every Council has to produce a plan to say how they are going to manage their waste. The official term for the plan is a Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP).
What does the WMMP cover?
The plan covers all of the solid waste that we produce in our districts including material that is recycled or composted. It covers not just the waste and recycling that the Councils collect or manage through our transfer stations but also what businesses and private operators collect, process and dispose of.
Our proposed vision for how we manage waste in our districts is simply to: “Minimise waste to landfill and maximise community benefit”
We believe this vision is clear, simple to understand and represents what we want to try to achieve.
The vision will be achieved by working towards a number of proposed goals. These are as follows:
- Work together to optimise opportunities
- To manage waste services in the most cost-effective manner
- To increase economic benefit by using materials more efficiently
- To minimise harm to the environment
- To protect public health
- To collect information to enable informed decision-making
- To actively promote waste reduction
Based on the work we have undertaken, we believe that the key issues for the districts are:
- Landfill disposal costs will rise
- Recycling is still being thrown in to rubbish bins even with a recycling collection available
- We need to be aware of markets for recycled materials and how this may affect the affordability of recycling services
- A large proportion of waste going to landfill is organic waste – this is a particular problem due to the negative environmental impacts
- A need for more/improved facilities for managing waste within the region
- Varying demand through the region – summer visitors, rural customers, businesses
- A lack of data on waste flows and composition in the districts – particularly for waste and recovered materials managed by the private sector
- There are opportunities to target materials for recovery and reuse, including electronic waste, construction and demolition waste, and re-usable items, like furniture
- We need to produce less waste in the first place - and encourage those who do produce waste to take greater responsibility for reducing it