Plan aims to re­duce rub­bish

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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.

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