Otago Daily Times

Input sought on proposed waste bylaw

CENTRAL OTAGO

- STAFF REPORTER

FEEDBACK is being sought on a draft bylaw designed to improve waste management and minimisati­on in Central Otago.

The Central Otago District Council (CODC) Draft Waste Management and Minimisati­on Bylaw 2020 comes as a result of the council’s Waste Management and Minimisati­on Plan 2018, which identified problems with how the service worked.

The CODC worked with the Queenstown Lakes District Council to develop the bylaw.

Council officers consulted with stakeholde­rs, reviewed delivery of waste services (including customer and contractor inquiries and complaints), and sought industry feedback to identify specific concerns to be addressed.

Issues identified included: contaminat­ion of the different waste streams through putting material in the incorrect bin or at dropoff points; public litter bins being used for the disposal of commercial and/or household waste; commercial waste being left in the street; and where and when bins were put out before collection and how long they were left out after collection.

Access issues for collection vehicles, and waste management and minimisati­on at events were also highlighte­d.

Three waters and waste portfolio lead Councillor Nigel McKinlay said the new bylaw would provide ‘‘a few more tools’’ for council staff to support the promotion and delivery of effective and efficient waste management and minimisati­on.

‘‘While the council will continue to rely on monitoring and education programmes, the bylaw will give us a ‘last resort’ solution to deal with the small number of people who continue to breach the rules and in particular will help us deal to contaminat­ion in our waste stream.’’

Submission­s are open until December 21 and will be considered by the council in February.

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Nigel McKinlay

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