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Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

Tauranga City Council has developed a new Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP), with a vision to ‘minimise waste to landfill’, helping people to create economic opportunities in doing so.

Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (4mb pdf)

Through this document the Council aims to:

  • reduce and recover more waste;
  • apply the latest proved and cost effective waste management and minimisation approaches;
  • collect information to enable informed decision making; and
  • create benefit for our community.

The key actions in the WMMP are:

  • Further investigation and consideration of solutions for kerbside services (such as rates-funding, increased regulation etc.) including rubbish, mixed recycling, separate glass and, garden and food waste collection.
  • Continuing and enhancing the services at the resource recovery park and transfer station.
  • Continuing and enhancing the behaviour change programme.
  • Investigation and consideration of extensions to the Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw (regulatory tools to improve reduction, reuse and recycling of waste and to improve the quality of data).

>Results of the Draft WMMP consultation

From 14 June to 14 July 2016, Council collected the public’s opinions on the draft WMMP. Council listened to what people had to say and made a number of changes to the draft WMMP to address community and industry views before it was adopted on Tuesday, 16 August 2016.

Council received 327 submissions on the draft WMMP during the consultation period from 14 June – 14 July 2016.  The Strategy and Policy Committee heard from 36 submitters who spoke in support of their submissions on 28 July 2016. The Strategy and Policy Committee is chaired by Cr. Bev Edlin and members include the mayor and councillors. Cr. Kelvin Clout was not present and tendered an apology for the meeting.

Submissions received highlighted the following feedback:

  • 133 submitters support the draft WMMP
  • 77 submitters indicated that they would like council provided collections
  • 139 submitters indicated that they did not support a 4-bin system (or variations of this including no choice, issues with accessibility, supporting the operation of private contractors etc.).  These submissions were the result of some misleading and incorrect public advertisements.
  • The key waste issues identified in the submissions included:
    • engagement with current private waste service providers
    • glass collection and separation
    • education
    • data collection surveys – type and duration
    • construction and demolition waste
    • product stewardship
    • plastic numbered 1-7
    • biosolids
    • rates funded services and considerations related to choice, rebates, assistance services etc.
  • The draft Plan, a summary and the submission form were available online, at all of Council’s libraries, at the Service Centre on Willow Street, on request from Council’s call centre and an email sent directly to key stakeholders including any residents, ratepayers’ groups and industry.
  • Consulted on at the Community Connections meeting on 12 July, a waste contractor and consultants meeting on 29 June and at the Envirohub on 13 May.

Joint Waste Assessment (1.6mb pdf)

Previous Joint Waste Management Plan

Tauranga City Council and Western Bay of Plenty District Council developed their first joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) as required by the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 in September 2010.

Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan - September 2010 (3.62mb pdf)

Last Reviewed: 12/11/2019

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