Otorohanga District Council invites feedback from the community on a proposed revision of its Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (‘WMMP’).
The WMMP sets out the objectives, policies and methods that are proposed to be adopted for achieving effective and efficient waste management and minimisation within the Otorohanga district.
Government’s three core goals, as stated in the NZ Waste Strategy, are reflected in the purpose of the Act.
The WMA requires each local authority to adopt a Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) that provides the following:
The WMA also requires that In preparing, amending, or revoking a WMMP, a territorial authority must consider the all of the methods available for waste management and minimisation, ie reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery, treatment and disposal;
Furthermore the WMMP must:
WMMPs have to be reviewed at intervals of not more than 6 years, with public consultation on the draft plan.
ODC prepared its first WMMP in 2012, and hence a review of this plan is now required.
The proposed new 2018-24 WMMP focusses on consolidating existing practical solid waste diversion activities and exploring opportunities to influence other parties (in particular central government) to do more to facilitate waste minimisation, rather than attempting to expand the services provided by ODC.
This approach is being taken because:
a). It has become increasingly apparent that the extent to which solid waste generation within the district can be minimised by local government is limited, and that it is instead central government that has the powers to significantly change people’s behaviour in respect of waste; and
b). Commercial factors, such as a reducing market for recycled materials is likely to make it more difficult and costly to provide effective recycling services.
Whilst the intention is generally to maintain the waste management and minimisation services provided by Council at their current levels, the following potential actions are also identified as having high priority:
The Waste Minimisation Act 2008 requires that public consultation in accordance with the Special Consultative Procedure of the Local Government Act 2002 is undertaken when a WMMP is created, reviewed or revoked, and this report is intended to also serve as the statement of proposal in respect of this consultation.
The draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan can be viewed here [PDF, 1 MB].
Submissions in respect of the proposal can be made in writing, and should be addressed to:
The Chief Executive
Otorohanga District Council
PO Box 11
Sent via email to email@example.com
Submissions must be received by 30 June 2018.