Waste man­age­ment to change in Hawke’s Bay

Napier Courier - - NEWS -

Ex­pect to see some changes in waste man­age­ment and min­imi­sa­tion in Hawke’s Bay over the next few years.

The new joint Waste Man­age­ment and Min­imi­sa­tion Plan (WMMP) for 2018-2024 was adopted by Napier City Coun­cil last month, fol­low­ing Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil’s adop­tion on Au­gust 30.

The WMMP aims to re­duce the amount of waste go­ing to land­fill and en­cour­ages in­creased waste min­imi­sa­tion.

Pre­pared by Hast­ings Dis­trict and Napier City coun­cils, ex­ten­sive pub­lic feed­back was re­ceived when the plan went out for con­sul­ta­tion.

More than 6000 sub­mis­sions were heard from Hast­ings and Napier res­i­dents.

Joint coun­cil waste fu­tures project steer­ing group chair­per­son and Hast­ings deputy mayor Ta­nia Kerr says the Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil’s adop­tion of the plan marked the con­clu­sion of a thor­ough process in­ves­ti­gat­ing ways to min­imise waste and pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment.

“We were de­lighted with the level of the en­gage­ment from the com­mu­nity on this plan with some great ideas put for­ward and a com­pre­hen­sive num­ber of is­sues cov­ered,” she said.

“This feed­back helped shape the plan, which will make an im­pres­sive dif­fer­ence to the fu­ture of our land­fill and will con­tinue to have a very pos­i­tive ef­fect on the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Ta­nia says the coun­cil was keen to work col­lab­o­ra­tively with the com­mu­nity in the com­ing years to iden­tify al­ter­na­tive op­tions to min­imise waste, with an em­pha­sis on ed­u­ca­tion and con­tin­u­ing to iden­tify com­mu­nity-based so­lu­tions.

Napier coun­cil­lor and group deputy chair­per­son An­nette Bros­nan was also pleased with the out­come.

“Our coun­cils have adopted to move to a weekly re­cy­cling ser­vice for Napier, pro­vid­ing stan­dard re­cy­cling bins and a small 80L gen­eral refuse bin from 2020.

“I’m very proud of this strat­egy, for its as­pi­ra­tion, its com­mu­nity in­put and its prac­ti­cal chal­lenge to us all to be more waste wise,” she said.

“Our com­mu­nity’s needs are di­verse so there is lots of flex­i­bil­ity built into the plan.”

The joint WMMP takes into ac­count the feed­back re­ceived and is de­signed to help in­crease house­hold re­cy­cling as well as iden­tify other means to sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the amount of waste go­ing into the land­fill, in­creas­ing its life­span and im­prov­ing the en­vi­ron­men­tal foot­print.

Among the ini­tia­tives, plas­tic coun­cil rub­bish bags would be re­placed by small 80 litre gen­eral rub­bish wheelie bins that would be pro­vided to ev­ery home in cur­rent coun­cil col­lec­tion ar­eas.

Ini­tially rub­bish would be col­lected weekly with a pos­si­ble move to fort­nightly as peo­ple be­came more skilled at waste min­imi­sa­tion.

To pro­mote in­creased re­cy­cling, the plan in­cluded pro­vid­ing re­cy­cling con­tain­ers to en­sure plas­tics, paper and glass were kept as clean as pos­si­ble to en­able them to be re­cy­cled.

The aim is to work col­lab­o­ra­tively with the waste col­lec­tion in­dus­try to set up in­cen­tive schemes to en­cour­age peo­ple to sep­a­rate out their green waste for com­post­ing, ei­ther at home or com­mer­cially.

Lo­cal busi­nesses and in­dus­tries also had an op­por­tu­nity and re­spon­si­bil­ity to man­age waste ap­pro­pri­ately and the plan pro­posed to bet­ter com­mu­ni­cate the ser­vices avail­able to lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions, pro­vid­ing more ed­u­ca­tion around im­proved waste prac­tices.

The over­all vi­sion of the joint WMMP is to de­liver waste min­imi­sa­tion and re­source re­cov­ery across Hast­ings Dis­trict and Napier City, work­ing to­wards zero waste.

This ini­tially in­cludes in­creas­ing the amount of re­cy­clables di­verted from land­fill by 20 per cent and de­creas­ing the amount of or­ganic mat­ter go­ing to land­fill by 30 per cent.

Omaranui land­fill site Hawke’s Bay.

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