Waste Management and Minimisation Plan
The South Taranaki District Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (2018-23) is the Council’s strategy to deliver an effective, efficient service for the next five years. The Plan sets out the Council’s vision, objectives and targets, and details how they will be accomplished and funded, in line with an overarching aim to work towards Zero Waste.
The introduction of a kerbside recycling collection has contributed to a reduction in rubbish being sent to the landfill. However, there is potential for further improvement.
The key goals for the next five years are to:
- Maximise opportunities to reduce levels of waste sent to the landfill.
- Reduce the harmful and costly effects of waste.
- Improve efficiency of resource use.
To reach those goals, we will focus on:
- Fostering behaviour change.
- Promoting collaboration and partnerships.
- Encouraging leadership and innovation.
- Providing accessible services and facilities.
The Plan also:
- Outlines current waste management services and resources.
- Details the sources, expense, and content of waste in Taranaki.
- Reviews progress from the last six years.
- Identifies specific issues and potential solutions.
Using data about waste managed by the Council, and surveys from the commercial sector, the options have been assessed in terms of their future social, economic, environmental and cultural impacts on the District and its residents.
In 2016/17, the cost of STDC’s solid waste services was $3.6 million, funded by fees, waste levies and rates. Efficiencies are expected to come from collaboration between the region’s councils. A new regional landfill is scheduled to replace the Colson Road facility in 2019.
The community is increasingly expressing a desire for the Council to drive a reduction in waste, to reduce the cost and potential harm of waste and to improve the efficiency of resource use. This Waste Management and Minimisation Plan sets out how local issues will be approached, in line with central and local government regulations and community expectations. The Plan represents an important move for South Taranaki District Council’s goal to move towards Zero Waste.