Waipa Waste Strategy
The low-down on rubbish and recycling in Waipa
Waipa Waste Strategy 2017-2035
Our vision: Building zero waste and sustainable communities
- changing our view of waste as a problem, to waste as a resource so there is no ‘waste’ at all
- building our resource recovery capacity so that waste is reused and recycled back into our communities and local economy
- collecting, monitoring and using waste data to plan for the future.
Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2017-2023
- Reduce rubbish and increase resource recovery
- Collect waste information for informed decision making
- Connect with our community by developing collaborative partnerships
- Investigate options for and develop effective waste services and facilities
What we do now
- Provide kerbside recycling for both urban and rural communities.
- Provide around 450 rubbish bins at parks and public places across Waipa.
- Pick up illegally dumped rubbish and provide education about better ways to dispose of it. In just six months Council spent over 2000 hours picking up rubbish.
- Work with Waikato District, Hamilton City and Bay of Plenty Councils to deliver consistent education campaigns.
- Research and plan about how to best manage our rubbish.
- Provide dedicated waste minimisation programmes in schools. For example a four step programme that:
Administer a $50,000 community fund for waste projects that allows the community to take ownership and implement their own ideas to reduce waste in Waipa. In the past we’ve:
- looks inside the school rubbish bins (a waste audit)
- provides education to staff and students
- sets up waste minimisation bins if needed
- takes students on a tour of a resource recovery centre to learn what happens to their recycling and waste.
- worked with local marae to implement recycling initiatives
- funded workshops on how to reduce the waste we create e.g. re-useable nappies, moving away from disposable coffee cups, how to use your leftover food and plastic-free living
- provided schools with recycling and composting bins
- sent local community groups to waste management workshops.
What we're proposing
- look at other options to process our recycling within Waipa (like recycling processing sites), so we don’t have to rely on those outside Waipa and New Zealand to do it for us
- educate Waipa residents on how to reduce food waste so that food doesn’t end up in landfill
- investigate how to increase resource recovery in our communities. This could mean working with existing groups (e.g. second hand shops) or building a purpose built facility so we can on-sell, repair and recycle more products
- improve options for the disposal of household hazardous waste
- investigate options to support businesses to reduce rubbish and increase recycling
- promote the use of recycle friendly options to manufacturers and encourage them to take responsibility for their products at the end of its life
- introduce education programmes for farmers, businesses and the elderly to help manage their waste better
- advocate to introduce a nationwide refund on glass, plastic and aluminium bottles and cans.
How are we planning to pay for it?
Waste Minimisation Fund
Statement of Proposal
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