NEWWASTE PLAN

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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.

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