Waste changes de­tailed

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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