Waitomo District’s waste audit underway

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Waitomo District’s waste habits are being examined as part of a planned waste audit.

A team from Waitomo District Council will work with contractor EnviroWaste to audit a sample of the Waitomo District Landfill waste stream, with the aim of better understanding the way people deal with waste. The audit will sample both the refuse and recycling waste streams.

WDC’s General Manager Infrastructure Services Kobus du Toit explains that Solid Waste management is a significant activity for the Waitomo District and that this type of audit informs our understanding of how well the services and facilities are used by the community and where further education is required.

“Our aim is to ensure that the natural environment is protected from the detrimental effects of solid waste and that the waste management and minimisation needs of the District community are met,” Mr du Toit says.

“We are looking for practices that need to be remedied or opportunities to further improve our services and facilities. For example, we want to know if the amount of recycling done by the community has increased and how much food waste is being sent to Landfill.” 

It was highlighted in the 2016 Waste Audit that putrescible or organic and food waste made up 39% of Waitomo District’s domestic waste sent to landfill. This is an increase of 2.75% on the 2014 audit result.

Increasing recycling and reducing the amount of food waste going to landfill are key strategies identified in WDC’s Solid Waste (Asset) Management and Minimisation Plan (SWaMMP).

Mr du Toit says. “The main demand drivers are population growth, land use activities (land development, tourism, and coastal settlements), the expectations of our community, and a change in the way they dispose of their household rubbish and recycling.

“We look forward to the audit results to see just how far we have come,” he says.

The data will be recorded and analysed by an independent contractor.

Waitomo District Council conducts a waste audit every two years. You can read more about the results of the previous audits in WDC’s Annual Report 2016/17.