We’re updating our plan for managing and reducing waste in our city, and we want to know what you think
Draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2022-2028
Our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) contains an overview of the kind of waste issues we’re dealing with in our city, our vision, goals and objectives, and our action plan to achieve them. It outlines how we will manage our city’s commercial and household waste to 2028.
Our last WMMP was adopted in 2016 so it’s time to review the plan and make sure we’re still on track.
Key waste issues facing Tauranga
Per capita, our city produces more waste per year than the national average. In 2021 a waste assessment showed we’ve reduced the total amount of waste we send to landfill, largely as a result of the rollout of the kerbside service, but we can do better. We now need to focus on reducing construction and demolition waste. After reviewing our progress over the past six years, along with population changes and other events, we’ve identified nine key waste issues facing Tauranga.
- The way we buy and consume products leads to large quantities of waste. The easiest way to minimise waste is to avoid it in the first place
- Over half of everything we’re sending to landfill could be reused, recycled or composted
- The proportion of our community living in multi-unit dwellings is growing
- Litter and illegal dumping, which has environmental and financial costs, is increasing
- Businesses and organisations need better services to divert waste from landfill
- There’s a high volume of construction and demolition material going to landfill
- Disposing of biosolids to landfill affects cultural, environmental, social, and economic values
- The cost of disposal has risen due to changes to government waste levies
- Unforeseen events can result in high volumes of waste in a short period
What we’re proposing
Our proposed vision is to “reduce waste to landfill”.
While we considered the option of an ambitious “zero waste” vision, it was decided that in the six-year lifetime of this WMMP it would be unachievable.
However, TCC is undertaking further work in a broader strategic framework refresh project, which has a goal of working towards a circular economy.
How we’ll get there
We’ve created goals, objectives, targets and an action plan to help us achieve our vision.