Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2021-27

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Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2021-27

The current Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP), 2021 to 2027, was adopted by Council on 13 May 2021.

Foreword

Waste affects all of us. Every business, every household, every community, is impacted by how we deal with waste. We have a collective responsibility to ensure that we look after this place we call home, Marlborough, and that starts with how we deal with the stuff we no longer have a use for. Some districts have taken a ‘hands off’ approach and left it to the market or individuals to provide solutions. There is no doubt that as a society we are resourceful, ingenious and sometimes quite entrepreneurial in how we deal with waste but not always. Responsibility for waste is passed around like a hot potato but that’s about to change.

The waste management and minimisation plan 2021-27 sets out three simple, yet crucial goals, as the basis for how we deal with waste as a region over the next six years and beyond. The plan advocates for change on the following basis:

  • To enable participation in all matters waste related across the district.
  • To ensure inclusivity is embedded in decision-making for waste related matters.
  • To maximise opportunity to support best waste practice for Marlborough.

We want our community to participate in how we plan to manage our waste so we asked you in advance to tell us your stories. What is happening with waste in your part of the region, what issues it causes, and what responses you would like to see, has formed the basis of this plan. As we move forward as a community to implement some of the solutions we want your participation to continue.

The plan proposes solutions based on inclusivity for the whole region. Where you live should not be a limiting factor in how you are able to deal with waste. Likewise, how other areas deal with waste does not always transpose into a Marlborough setting. So, we are rethinking what services we should provide across the region and how inclusive we can make them.

Waste is also an opportunity for our community. Be it employment, supply of materials, arts and crafts, innovation, waste can provide a stimulus to do things differently. Council is primarily focused on how waste impacts on public health, the wider environment and overall resource efficiency. We contract our services through tender and response from commercial entities but we want to change that as well. The plan therefore creates opportunities for both social and commercial procurement.

Change is never easy but it starts with recognising that it is required. We all love familiarity and benefit from routine and structure, but the world would be pretty dull if we never changed. Let’s get behind this waste plan and make Marlborough a place that respects the environment and those that walk amongst it.

Council is determined to continue to reduce our reliance on landfill as the method of dealing with our waste and it gives me great pleasure to endorse this waste management and minimisation plan as the next stage on that journey.

JOHN LEGGETT
MAYOR

Goals, Objectives and Targets

The waste assessment carried out in October 2020 identified twenty two options for consideration. For the period 2021 to 2027 the Council’s goals and objectives are:

  • To enable participation in all matters waste related across the district.
  • To ensure inclusivity is embedded in decision-making for waste related matters.
  • To maximise opportunity to support best waste practice for Marlborough.

This aligns the Council to the New Zealand Waste Strategy which has two goals:

  • Reduce the harmful effect of waste.
  • Improving the efficiency of resource use.

For the period 2021 to 2027 the Council’s targets in relation to the above are:

1) Investigate beneficial use of landfill gas by December 2021.

July 2022 Update – Council have engaged a suitably qualified Contractor to assess whether the landfill gas could be used as a fuel source for a biogas plant that produces electricity. A further update on the progress of this work is expected by July 2023.

2) Investigate a regional solution for organic material including green, animal and food wastes by December 2022.

July 2022 Update – a number of private sector companies are investigating the feasibility of establishing an organics processing solution for the region. The majority of organic inputs to landfill are from commercial and industrial sources. Council will continue to work with these interested parties. If a suitable organic processing facility can be established by the private sector then Council could then consider options for domestic organic materials such as garden and food waste.

3) Re-tender the waste management and minimisation services and award contracts by November 2023.

July 2022 Update – this tender process took place during 2022 resulting in a proposed change to the level of service provide to the community. This proposed change in level of service will be subject to Community Consultation in November 2022 and includes the introduction of wheelie bins onto the kerbside routes, the expansion of the kerbside routes to other towns in the district, and the introduction of remote transfer stations to replace the existing coin skips.

4) Implement, monitor and review the contracts awarded across the period 2024 to 2027.

July 2022 Update – this target is still pending.

The current waste bylaw (2017) can be downloaded here.

The latest waste assessment can be downloaded here.

The revised WMMP 2021 to 2027 can be downloaded here.