WDC 2018 – 2024 Waste Management and Waste Minimisation Plan (WMMP)
Have your say – Waikato District Council 2018 – 2024 Waste Minimisation Plan. Submissions are due by Wednesday 23rd May 2018. Xtreme Zero Waste’s Submission is below, you are welcome to read, cut and paste information from our submission.
Proposed 2018-2024 Waikato District Council Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP)
Submission form Please provide your feedback by 23 May 2018
Name/Organisation Xtreme Zero Waste
Physical address 186 Te Hutewai Road, Raglan
Postal address PO Box 153, Raglan
Phone 022 182 1884
A hearing will be held on 13 June 2018
Do you want to speak about your submission at this hearing? No
Preferred method of contact Email
Do you support the proposed WMMP 2018 – 2024? Yes
The Waikato District Council 2018 WMMP intends to focus on the avoidance, reduction and minimisation of waste, and we will make use of opportunities created from resource recovery.
The draft WMMP sets out Goals, Objectives and Targets to guide us towards waste avoidance, reduction and recovery. We intend to continue kerbside and other council services (such as litter and illegal dumping collections); and additional activities are also detailed, and will be carried forward into our long term and annual plans to ensure the resourcing is available to deliver on our plan.
Do you support our proposed Vision and Targets?
Zero waste and resource recovery are an integral part of our community.
Although we support the vision we feel it could be made a lot stronger. We would like the vision to be:
Zero Waste to landfill is the vision of the WDC WMP.
There is a growing concern that the planet has used a lot of its mineral and energy resources and can’t sustain the current, let alone increase, in consumption. We feel that waste is a true reflection of our society and as such should also be the measurement of the changes needed if we are to prevent dramatic climate instability caused through resource depletion , resource conversion and resource waste.
Zero waste to landfill might sound like an aspirational vision however unless we make a radical change we will continue to manage waste and not see any real decrease. Our experience in Raglan is that the goal of zero waste has helped immensely to create real behaviour change and reduction of waste.
By 2024, decrease the tonnes/capita/annum of rubbish to land (i.e. total rubbish disposed of via landfill and/or on-farm waste) from the Waikato District by 5% compared to 2016-17
By 2024, increase the tonnes/capita/annum of diverted material from the Waikato District by 10% compared to 2016-17
By 2024, reduce the per capita kerbside rubbish to landfill by 5% compared to 2016-17
By 2024, increase per capita kerbside diverted material by 10% compared to 2016-17
We support the targets to reduce waste to landfill and increase the diverted materials from landfill.
However we believe the target amounts are too low. We would like to see 5% reduction in waste to landfill and put out at the kerbside per year starting with the 2016-17 amounts and then 5% less the following year, continuing until 2024 (a total of 30% reduction over 6 years). This will bring the rest of the District in line with current diversion rates in Raglan. Raglan should have its own rates set at a less rate than the above as we have already achieved a massive reduction (75% by volume).
We also believe the diversion figure should be increased and a review put in place for when container deposit scheme is introduced. When the scheme is in place this has been shown overseas to dramatically affect kerbside collections with only 15% of containers being presented for recycling as people/organisations will claim the deposit and drop them off at deposit reclaim centres/vending machines.
Do you support the key activities proposed in the draft WMMP?
As well as continuing kerbside and other council services (litter and illegal dumping collections), proposed activities include:
• a review of waste services and behaviour change programmes
We agree this is required. We would suggest that additional reviews of any contracts granted have a clause to say they will be amended when container deposit scheme and other product stewardship systems are put in place as these will have an influence on contracts.
• the development of new recycling centres
Fully support this long awaited development. There is an obvious need for Resource Recovery Centres in Huntly, Ngaruawahia and Pokeno. Once Centres are up and running it is possible that smaller centres could be established to feed the larger centres.
Auckland Council is currently looking at sites for Centres around its Southern border. It would be good to continue liaising with Auckland Council over possible shared facilities at Pokeno.
• the introduction of a Solid Waste Bylaw and a waste operator licensing system
We support the need to collect more accurate information on waste generated, collected, transported and landfilled or diverted from landfill.
• greater co-operation with other councils, Mana Whenua, community groups and the private sector
In our experience if you want to achieve meaningful behaviour change then strong relationships with community/maori will produce the best results.
We support inter-council co-operation with development of services and behaviour change projects.
• advocating for greater central government leadership on waste issues such as the introduction of mandatory product stewardship and a container deposit scheme
Full support for this. Waste becomes a rate payer issue when the true responsibility should be with produces/manufacturers/importers. Mandatory product stewardship should happen for tyres, electronic waste, beds, car chairs, silage wrap, containers (glass, plastics, tin and Ali) and many more items.
We would like to see WDC advocating strongly for greater landfill waste levies and levies for some of the other categories of cleanfills and special waste drop offs.
Key activities proposed in the draft 2018-2024 WMMP
Review the funding model for council services to align with waste minimisation activities; including assessing the viability of other areas for kerbside services.
This means we will review our current services to make sure they meet the goals of our WMMP. This review may result in changes to the way services are delivered but we will consult with the public on any proposed changes before we introduce them (including, but not limited to, contracting of solid waste services, kerbside refuse service, inorganic collection, food waste and drop off collections).
We would like WDC to consider the removal of the inorganic collection. In our opinion this is a wasteful service that creates a large volume of waste to landfill and limits any successful diversion of materials. We believe Resource Recovery Centres are an alternative to inorganic collections and can be sold to the community as an alternative.
We fully support establishing food waste collections to all urban centres in the Waikato. Lots of reasons to establish food waste collections including greatest volume of waste in peoples bagged waste and so would achieve the diversion targets. Food waste (production through to post consumer) is also the second greatest greenhouse gas producer (second to farming) as as such should be highest priority for Council. Currently Envirowaste charge $6 per tonne for carbon tax and this figure is expected to increase as per statements from this coalition government.
Consider increasing the use of a social procurement approach where appropriate for procurement of waste services to achieve the objectives and targets of the WMMP.
Social procurement uses procurement procedures and purchasing power to create positive environmental and social outcomes (job creation, waste minimisation, new business opportunities using waste materials).
Full support for social procurement. Currently Auckland Council uses 60-80% of procurement should be based on social, cultural and environmental factors. Council can use social procurement to support the WDC Vision: ‘Liveable, thriving and connected communities’.
The Raglan experience has produced many lasting social, cultural, environmental and economic benefits including every dollar the rates payers provides through the Xtreme contract is doubled on local spend within the same financial year. In our opinion quadruple bottom line benefits are what commits communities to zero waste programmes.
Investigate the development of resource recovery facilities, and implement if feasible. This may be undertaken in partnership with other councils / community groups.
We currently support a resource recovery facility in Raglan. This activity means we will look into developing new resource recovery facilities but only progress with development when we are sure a facility is feasible and beneficial to the community.
Building of a Resource Recovery Centre at Huntly has been proposed for the last 10 years. Need to get on with converting existing transfer station into a Resource Recovery Centre. Also need to be proactive in procuring land at Pokeno and Ngaruawahia for establishing centres.
Centres will become hubs for recycling, ruse, upcycling and will replace inorganic collections.
Introduce a Solid Waste Bylaw & licensing system for operators and facilities, aligning with the regional template developed by council.
This will help control commercial waste flows and understand what is happening to waste in the District.
Full support for collecting accurate information on waste collection/transport and landfilling (all forms of landfilling).
We will partner with and cooperate with others to meet waste goals and targets.
This can potentially provide opportunities to enhance economic development through resource recovery; enable WDC to work with business and industry organisations to identify key waste generators and assist businesses to reduce waste and increase recycling.
Full support for collaboration. Would like to see community and maori specifically mentioned as collaborators. In our experience collaboration between community/council and corporates often produces the best results.
Advocate for effective product stewardship and regulation and support independent organisations advocating for similar outcomes.
Waste streams such as E-Waste, packaging, plastic bags, agricultural chemicals and their containers; and tyres require central government to activate product stewardship and other regulatory mechanisms to achieve better waste management outcomes. We propose WDC will use its influence, and work collaboratively with regional and national organisations to address these issues.
Full support for strong advocacy to achieve mandatory product stewardship as soon as possible. Product stewardship to include container deposit system.
Full support for advocating increase in waste levies and broadening to other landfill categories.
Do you have any other comments on the draft 2018-2024 WMMP?
We would like to see WDC activity support industry that processes and potentially manufactures plastics that are currently difficult to recycle. We see WDC as a powerful advocate in establishing this industry in a geographically unique area that could service the greater Waikato, Thames/Coromandel, Hauraki, South Waikato and Auckland.
There has been a lot of media around Chinas ban on some plastics and paper. This is likely to continue with more bans and also an increase in price of oil making export of low premium plastics cost prohibitive.
Central Government is likely to be a funding partner as would neighbouring Councils and Industry.
More information can be found at https://www.waikatodistrict.govt.nz/…/waste-management-and-…