Solid Waste Management (Collection and Disposal)

Solid Waste Management is the combination of asset management, financial, engineering and technical practices to reduce and dispose of general rubbish.

This Activity ensures that the natural environment is protected from detrimental effects of solid waste, and that the waste disposal needs of the District community are met.

Council is responsible under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 for managing waste:

  • Reduction
  • Reuse
  • Recycling 'Recovery
  • Treatment
  • Disposal and;
  • 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 the most recent assessment undertaken by the Council under section 51; and
  • use the special consultative procedure set out in section 83 of the Local Government Act 2002 to adopt its Solid Waste management and Minimisation Plan (SWaMMP).

Waitomo District Council's Long Term Plan 2015-2025 outlines the future key projects and programmes for this activity:

  • Development of the next cell for the Landfill in 2019 and 2020.
  • Investigation on feasibility of moving Mokau transfer station.

Service operations of WDC's solid waste activities (kerbside refuse/ recycling collection and landfill operation by contract, and community education) will continue to be provided at the same level of service for the period 2015-2025.

  1. Reduce quantity of paper and plastics through kerbside to landfill.
  2. Reduce the quantity of organic waste to landfill.
  3. Initiate Event Recycling.
  4. Explore possibility of Waitomo District Landfill becoming a clean fill site only.
  5. Reduction in onsite disposal of agricultural products.
  6. Provision of Hazardous waste storage facility at Landfill.
  7. Report of all waste management facilities to identify hazards and safety improvements.
  8. Undertake two yearly waste audits.
  9. Monitor and review waste minimisation behaviour change.
  10. Update asset inventory and input to data base.
  11. Investigate provision for green (garden waste) collection at all Transfer Stations.

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