A plan to reduce waste has been adopted by Council.
The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan outlines how the three Eastern Waikato Councils (our Council and Thames-Coromandel and Matamata-Piako district councils) are working together to manage waste for the benefit of everyone in the community.
The original plan was written with the input of the community and waste management professionals in 2012. In line with the Waste Management Act, it was reviewed earlier this year with community and professional input.
Overall, 28 submissions were received, one including physical samples of different types of waste that couldn’t be recycled, such as polystyrene meat trays and plastic fruit and vegie bags from the supermarket. Other submissions mentioned the possibility of creating upcycling centres in Hauraki, similar to the Seagull Centre in Thames.
Waste disposal education
Mayor John Tregidga said the idea has merit but would need to be community driven. “If the community gets in behind this plan we can achieve anything. It’s quite possible to reduce household waste disposal to almost nothing. It’s all about education,” he said.
A Councillor working group was set up to promote the plan and waste disposal education in the district.
The Plan's vision is to "minimise waste to landfill and maximise community benefit" and its goals include actively promoting waste reduction, working together to maximise opportunities, and managing waste services in the most cost-effective manner.
Targets include a 13 percent reduction in the total quantity of waste sent to landfills by 2020 and a 5 percent reduction in kerbside waste by 2022.
View the Eastern Waikato Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2017 [PDF, 1.1 MB] .