Matamata-Piako District Council adopted its new Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, which aims to reduce waste, whether it is discarded plastic bags or other items.
The plan sets out how the three Eastern Waikato Councils, including Hauraki and ThamesCoromandel, were working together to manage waste for the community.
The original plan was written in 2011 and in line with the Waste Management Act 2008, it was reviewed.
The plan’s vision is to ‘‘minimise waste to landfill and maximise community benefit’’.
Goals include actively promoting waste reduction, working together to maximise opportunities, and managing waste services in the most costeffective manner.
Targets include a 13 per cent reduction in the total quantity of waste sent to landfills by 2020 and a 5 per cent reduction in kerbside waste by 2022.
Existing services will continue and the council will investigate new ways to divert waste from landfill, said Matamata-Piako Mayor Jan Barnes.
‘‘Council has come up with 10 options to reduce waste, including a ‘buy what you need’ system for our kerbside rubbish bags, or going further by moving from bags to bins,’’ she said.
A total of 63 submissions were received on the options and will be considered as the council develops its 10-year plan.
The new plan can be viewed at mpdc.govt.nz.