Plan aims to reduce rubbish
Reducing the amount of rubbish we send to the landfill is going to be a key target for Matamata-Piako District Council’s 10 Year Plan.
And the council residents’ feedback.
‘‘We are facing a big challenge,’’ deputy mayor James Thomas said.
‘‘Despite recycling 50 per cent more than we did three years ago, the total amount of waste we are sending to landfill is still increasing – to an estimated 365kgs per household in 2016/17.
‘‘Not only do we need to achieve a significant reduction in the amount of stuff we are throwing away, we also need to find the next suitable site for a landfill and keep the cost of waste disposal at affordable levels.’’
Council recently reviewed its Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan with Hauraki and ThamesCoromandel district councils. The plan aims to minimise household rubbish and promote sustainability.
The next step is to consider the council’s approach to waste minimisation as part of its 10-year plan, taking effect from July 1, 2018. is asking for
It may include providing for a new landfill which will need to be funded from the solid waste targeted rate. All properties that receive kerbside rubbish and recycling collection services pay this rate.
‘‘We might also decide to increase the solid waste rate to boost Government funding for waste minimisation. We receive $90,000 a year from the Waste Levy, which we could potentially match from rates,’’ Thomas said.
Council is proposing 10 initiatives and wants feedback on which ones residents prefer including rural recycling, wheelie bins, or providing waste minimisation grants.
Details on the initiatives and the survey are online via the Matamata-Piako District Council website or at council offices and libraries.
Kerbside rubbish and recycling customers will be given a brochure outlining the options.
A picture from 2015 when there was an increase in rubbish at one of the district’s afterhours collection sites. There is now a focus on reducing waste heading to landfills.