New waste by­laws

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Waipa¯ District Coun­cil is propos­ing to make changes to reg­u­la­tions around waste as part of its Pub­lic Places By­law re­view.

The po­ten­tial changes re­late to waste on con­struc­tion sites, inor­ganic waste, waste col­lec­tion events and nui­sance and lit­ter.

With growth on the rise in Waipa¯, coun­cil is ex­pect­ing an in­crease in devel­op­ment and con­struc­tion work around the district.

Con­struc­tion and de­mo­li­tion waste is es­ti­mated to make up 11.5 per cent of all waste in the Waikato re­gion — around 26,000 tonnes each year.

Coun­cil doesn’t cur­rently have any pro­vi­sions for con­struc­tion waste in its cur­rent by­law but is propos­ing to add a new sec­tion.

The new rules would mean any­one ap­ply­ing for a non-res­i­den­tial build­ing con­sent with a value over $500,000 would need to sub­mit a site waste man­age­ment and min­imi­sa­tion plan.

Coun­cil is also propos­ing to add a new sec­tion re­lat­ing to inor­ganic waste.

The changes would mean coun­cil is able to spec­ify guide­lines for com­mer­cial op­er­a­tors to fol­low in­clud­ing weight, size and na­ture of ma­te­ri­als, cat­e­gories of inor­ganic waste and time, lo­ca­tion and method of col­lec­tion.

The rules will en­sure col­lec­tors are work­ing safely and not leav­ing be­hind any mess that could cause is­sues for the com­mu­nity.

In Te Awa­mutu a re­cent e-waste col­lec­tion day proved to be very pop­u­lar, col­lect­ing 19 tonnes of e-waste for re­cov­ery.

Cur­rently coun­cil has no reg­u­la­tions around who could con­duct col­lec­tions or events, when, where or how.

Coun­cil is propos­ing to in­clude some guide­lines around the man­age­ment of these types of ser­vices.

The guide­lines would al­low coun­cil to man­age what is col­lected and how, in or­der to en­sure streets are kept clean and tidy and any fu­ture col­lec­tions are not a nui­sance.

Any­one plan­ning an event like this would need to no­tify coun­cil in ad­vance and com­ply with any coun­cil re­quire­ments.

Coun­cil is also propos­ing to cre­ate a new, clearer sec­tion specif­i­cally for nui­sance and lit­ter that would al­low coun­cil to take ac­tion on some of these is­sues more ef­fec­tively. The rules are the same, but pre­sented in a more eas­ily lo­cated and un­der­stand­able way.

The changes to this by­law will have no ex­tra im­pact on rates.

■ Coun­cil is seek­ing pub­lic feed­back on the pro­posed changes un­til July 20 at 5pm. Make a sub­mis­sion at tinyurl.com/yakc4h2z

Or­gan­is­ers of the e-waste col­lec­tion day in Te Awa­mutu. From left, Te Awa­mutu Com­mu­nity Board chair Gary Der­byshire, Cr Mar­cus Gower, Te Awa­mutu Com­mu­nity Board mem­ber Cr Su­san O’Re­gan, waste min­imi­sa­tion of­fi­cer Sally Fraser and Te Awa­mutu Com­mu­nity Board mem­ber Ange Holt.

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