Waste changes detailed
South Waikato District Council’s draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan is open for public consultation.
The council is proposing a number of changes to the systems currently being used and what the community is accustomed to.
There are several drivers for the proposed changes; some of these are linked to legislative changes in the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.
‘‘To make it easier for the community to understand the key changes and the drivers, we have prepared a draft summary document,’’ council chief executive officer David Hall said.
‘‘This summary document, and the full plan if residents want more detail, can be found at council’s offices, libraries and pools or it can be accessed on our website.’’
Some of the key changes proposed include changes to how the recycling service is funded, improved access to recycling facilities in the rural areas, the introduction of recycling crates for urban ratepayers, relocation of the recycling facility and improvements to the collection service.
Others include limiting wheelie bin size for urban areas (120 litre, no limit in rural areas), rubbish bags to no longer be provided by council, sold only from retail outlets and council offices.
The resource consent for the Tokoroa landfill expires in 2020, so the council has to look at future options, including extending the consent, constructing a new cell or closing the landfill in favour of a transfer station.
The council’s group manager assets Roger Fisher said there were several things that were out of council control.
‘‘ The government is also introducing an Emissions Trading Scheme charge on methane produced at landfills.’’
The council said residents needed to reduce solid waste by increasing recycling.