Otago Daily Times

In­put sought on pro­posed waste by­law


- STAFF REPORTER Ecology · Otago Region · Queenstown · Queenstown · Waste Management

FEED­BACK is be­ing sought on a draft by­law de­signed to im­prove waste man­age­ment and min­imi­sa­tion in Cen­tral Otago.

The Cen­tral Otago District Council (CODC) Draft Waste Man­age­ment and Min­imi­sa­tion By­law 2020 comes as a re­sult of the council’s Waste Man­age­ment and Min­imi­sa­tion Plan 2018, which iden­ti­fied prob­lems with how the ser­vice worked.

The CODC worked with the Queen­stown Lakes District Council to de­velop the by­law.

Council of­fi­cers con­sulted with stake­hold­ers, re­viewed de­liv­ery of waste ser­vices (in­clud­ing cus­tomer and con­trac­tor in­quiries and com­plaints), and sought in­dus­try feed­back to iden­tify spe­cific con­cerns to be ad­dressed.

Is­sues iden­ti­fied in­cluded: con­tam­i­na­tion of the dif­fer­ent waste streams through putting ma­te­rial in the in­cor­rect bin or at drop­off points; pub­lic lit­ter bins be­ing used for the dis­posal of com­mer­cial and/or house­hold waste; com­mer­cial waste be­ing left in the street; and where and when bins were put out be­fore col­lec­tion and how long they were left out af­ter col­lec­tion.

Ac­cess is­sues for col­lec­tion ve­hi­cles, and waste man­age­ment and min­imi­sa­tion at events were also high­lighted.

Three wa­ters and waste port­fo­lio lead Coun­cil­lor Nigel McKin­lay said the new by­law would pro­vide ‘‘a few more tools’’ for council staff to support the pro­mo­tion and de­liv­ery of ef­fec­tive and ef­fi­cient waste man­age­ment and min­imi­sa­tion.

‘‘While the council will con­tinue to rely on mon­i­tor­ing and education pro­grammes, the by­law will give us a ‘last re­sort’ so­lu­tion to deal with the small num­ber of peo­ple who con­tinue to breach the rules and in par­tic­u­lar will help us deal to con­tam­i­na­tion in our waste stream.’’

Sub­mis­sions are open un­til De­cem­ber 21 and will be con­sid­ered by the council in Fe­bru­ary.

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Nigel McKin­lay

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