New plan flags more kerbside waste services

18 April 2017

Wellington City residents are being encouraged to give their thoughts on plans to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the city’s landfill by a third – including a proposal to look at the pros and cons of providing kerbside food and garden waste collections.

Photo has a row of turquoise recycling crates filled with glass bottles next to the kerbside in the foreground and a recycling truck in the background.

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All the councils in the Wellington region have been seeking feedback on the draft Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan at the same time as they engage on their annual plans.

Wellington City Council’s consultation on the draft waste plan begins today. Submissions close on 19 May. 

Mayor Justin Lester says encouraging Wellingtonian residents and businesses to recycle more, and finding better ways to manage and reduce the waste going to the landfill are just two of the ways the city is working towards a more sustainable future. 

“We’re working with all the other councils of the region on this, and have an ambitious collective target to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in the region’s landfills by a third over the next 10 years.” 

“We want to work with businesses and residents to reduce the total amount ending up in the landfill from 600 kilograms per person per year to 400 kilograms by 2026, and then look at what more we can do.” 

Chairperson of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan Joint Committee, Wellington City Councillor Iona Pannett, says organic waste, including food and garden waste, makes up about 32 percent of the waste that ends up in the region’s landfills, which is why an investigation into more kerbside services is proposed. 

Christchurch already has an organic collection, and Auckland Council announced this month that it plans to introduce a citywide food waste collection over the next few years. 

“Our draft waste plan also proposes investigating ways we could beneficially use the sewage sludge that currently goes into the landfill, which would have the dual benefit of helping to lower our greenhouse gas emissions,” she says. 

“We are also proposing to develop a better a resource recovery network so more materials are diverted from the landfill and reused.  This could include facilities for processing food and green waste, and finding alternatives for construction materials. All these things are big landfill contributors.” 

More information, including our latest waste assessment, the statement of proposal, and the draft plan can be found at http://www.wgtnregionwasteplan.govt.nz. Submissions can be made online. Reference copies of the documents and FreePost submission forms are also at libraries.