Waste Minimisation

On this page you can read about Waitomo District Council's waste minimisation role under the Solid Waste Management Activity.

Information about New Zealand Legislation 

The Waste Minimisation Act 2008 (WMA) came into force on 26 September 2008. The Act aims to protect the environment from harm by encouraging the efficient use of materials and a reduction in waste, with consequent environmental, social cultural and economic benefits.

Territorial authorities are now responsible under the WMA for implementing waste and management plans, and overseeing and promoting effective and efficient waste management and minimisation in their districts in accordance with the New Zealand Waste Strategy (NZWS).

Waitomo District Council has a statutory responsibility to promote effective and efficient waste management and minimisation within the Waitomo district under section 42 of the Act and to review its Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (SWaMMP) no later than 1 July 2012.

A key element of the Act is the introduction of a $10 per tonne levy on all wastes to landfill. The purpose of the levy is to increase the price of waste disposal to better reflect the cost of waste on the environment, society and the economy and to generate money for waste minimisation initiatives.

Waitomo District Council's aim is to improve awareness of the benefits and services available in support of waste minimisation in the Waitomo District Community including:

  • Educating and promoting the benefits of: waste separation at source, recycling and waste minimisation.
  • Supporting the community initiatives for waste reduction.
  • Encouraging home composting.

Our SWaMMP sets out the four medium to long-term goals for the Solid Waste Management Activity:

  1. To reduce the quantity of residual waste in the bag collection in the District to landfill by 15% by the year 2016 measured off the 2010 bag collection audit.
  2. Programmes are put in place to promote sustainable management and protect the environment and public health by 2016.
  3. To support and encourage individuals and businesses to take greater responsibility for waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
  4. Support waste initiatives in the community.

Recycling household waste

Recycling separates waste items from the residual waste stream and reprocesses the materials to create new products.

Currently the waste items that can be recycled are paper, cardboard, plastic types 1 & 2 only, tin/ aluminium cans, glass bottles and jars.

Unused mobile phone recycling

Drop off your unused mobile phone to Waitomo District Council and raise money for Sustainable Coastlines.

All mobile phones, smart phones, batteries, charging units, data cables and head-sets are accepted regardless of condition (working or non-working), make or model.

Simple place your unwanted mobile phone and accessories in the Sustainable Coastlines collection bin provided in the reception area of Waitomo District Council.

Event Waste Minimisation

WDC encourages Event Waste Minimisation to ensure that waste is being disposed of in an environmentally friendly manner.

We have developed an Event Waste Management Guide (PDF, 3.59 Mb)for you to download and complete. If you would like to find out more about waste minimisation at your event, please contact WDC on freephone 0800 932 4357.

Household waste

In addition to recycling your household items through the Kerbside Recycling Collection Service, there are many ways that you can reduce your household waste.

Composting at home

We promote composting of organic and food waste to reduce rubbish disposal costs and grow a healthy and plentiful garden.

Composting is beneficial for the following reasons:

  • It helps to reduce the harmful effects of organic waste in landfill (eg, water pollution, emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane, and bad smells)
  • It helps to reduce the need for chemical fertilisers in your garden
  • It can help families to reduce their household rubbish disposal costs; and
  • Composting at home means less space needed for garden waste in landfill.

To find out more about composting at home, view our publications "A Guide to Composting at Home" and "Great tips for composting at home" (PDF, 1.05 Mb)

Reuse Shop

The Re-Use Shop located at the Waitomo District Landfill will take anything that is re-usable that could be prevented from going to the landfill.

Items that are re-useable, need to be in a condition that would allow for someone else to want to purchase and use again. This can include a variety of goods such as books, shoes, clothes, furniture, gardening equipment, toys, bicycles, dinnerware and more. 

Take your unwanted household items to the Re-use Shop and help to protect our natural environment.

Electronic Waste (e-waste)

The Waitomo District Landfill and rural Waste Transfer Stations accept e-waste for collection. Electronic Waste (e-waste) is waste electrical equipment that has become obsolete, broken or unwanted. This includes computers, computer screens, fax machines, home whiteware, TVs and electrical cables, basically anything with a plug.

Dispose of your e-waste for recycling at the Transfer Station and help to reduce hazardous waste being sent to Landfill.