Consultation – Review of Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

Otorohanga District Council invites feedback from the community on a proposed revision of its Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (‘WMMP’).

The WMMP sets out the objectives, policies and methods that are proposed to be adopted for achieving effective and efficient waste management and minimisation within the Otorohanga district.

Statement of Proposal

Government’s three core goals, as stated in the NZ Waste Strategy, are reflected in the purpose of the Act.

  • Protect public health;
  • Reducing the harmful effects of waste; and
  • Improving the efficiency of resource use.

 

The WMA requires each local authority to adopt a Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) that provides the following:

 

  1. Objectives and policies for achieving effective and efficient waste management and minimisation within the district:

  2.  Methods for achieving effective and efficient waste management and minimisation within the district, including:-

 

  • collection, recovery, recycling, treatment, and disposal services to meet current and future waste management and minimisation needs; and

 

  • any waste management and minimisation facilities provided, or to be provided, by the territorial authority; and

 

  • any waste management and minimisation activities, including any educational or public awareness activities, provided, or to be provided, by the territorial authority; and

 

  • how implementing the plan is to be funded; and

 

  • if the territorial authority wishes to make grants or advances of money, the framework for doing so.

 

The WMA also requires that In preparing, amending, or revoking a WMMP, a territorial authority must consider the all of the methods available for waste management and minimisation, ie reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery, treatment and disposal;

 

Furthermore the WMMP must:

 

  • Ensure that the collection, transport, and disposal of waste does not, or is not likely to, cause a nuisance; and

 

  • have regard to the New Zealand Waste Strategy, or any government policy on waste management and minimisation that replaces the strategy; and

 

  • have regard to a Waste Assessment that describes the District’s current solid waste services, forecasts demand for those services, states the authorities intended role in meeting those demands and considers options available to meet those demands. Such a Waste Assessment has been completed and is attached as an appendix to the proposed WMMP.

 

WMMPs have to be reviewed at intervals of not more than 6 years, with public consultation on the draft plan.

 

ODC prepared its first WMMP in 2012, and hence a review of this plan is now required.

 

The proposed new 2018-24 WMMP focusses on consolidating existing practical solid waste diversion activities and exploring opportunities to influence other parties (in particular central government) to do more to facilitate waste minimisation, rather than attempting to expand the services provided by ODC.

 

This approach is being taken because:

 

a). It has become increasingly apparent that the extent to which solid waste generation within the district can be minimised by local government is limited, and that it is instead central government that has the powers to significantly change people’s behaviour in respect of waste; and

 

b). Commercial factors, such as a reducing market for recycled materials is likely to make it more difficult and costly to provide effective recycling services.

 

Whilst the intention is generally to maintain the waste management and minimisation services provided by Council at their current levels, the following potential actions are also identified as having high priority:

 

  • Improving collection of information on quantities and types of waste created, collected and managed within the District

 

  • Potential implementation of a Solid Waste Bylaw that would require provision of information on wastes and restrict some waste related activities, such as dumping of used tyres.

 

  • More effective monitoring of national and international trends in respect of waste to ensure that local recycling services remain viable.

 

  • Supporting home-based initiatives to reduce the landfilling of food scraps and other organic wastes.

 

  • Strongly advocating to central government for effective product stewardship where the producer of the product is required to take responsibility for the reducing the environmental impact of that product as waste.

 

  • Strengthening efforts to provide community education in respect of waste minimisation.

 

The Waste Minimisation Act 2008 requires that public consultation in accordance with the Special Consultative Procedure of the Local Government Act 2002 is undertaken when a WMMP is created, reviewed or revoked, and this report is intended to also serve as the statement of proposal in respect of this consultation.

The draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan can be viewed here [PDF, 1 MB].

 

Submissions

Submissions in respect of the proposal can be made in writing, and should be addressed to:

 

The Chief Executive

Otorohanga District Council

PO Box 11

OTOROHANGA

 

or

 

Sent via email to info@otodc.govt.nz

 

Submissions must be received by 30 June 2018.