New waste bylaws
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.