Driving the Change to Zero Waste: Have Your Say on Draft Plan

14 June 2017

The public can now have their say on how we transform New Plymouth District into a Zero Waste community.

Public consultation opens today (Wednesday) on the Council’s draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan: a six-year overview that details where the district is at with waste and recycling, the areas we can improve and what action we can take to achieve Zero Waste.

“It’s important that we hear from the rural community, commercial operators and urban residents because we all have a part to play to reducing the volume of waste we produce,” says NPDC Infrastructure Manager David Langford.

“As a community, we’re doing better with our waste volumes but there are some options we can consider that would cut that volume a lot more.

“For instance, 40 per cent of the waste that currently goes to the landfill could be diverted into reuse and recycling, and 60 per cent of the waste that’s put out in our kerbside rubbish bags could be recycled or composted.”

Submission forms are available online here and from the Civic Centre, Puke Ariki and community libraries.

“We’ve also launched MyRates.co.nz so that homeowners can look at how the various options would affect their rates, make the selections they prefer and, if they wish, send their selections as a submission,” says Mr Langford.

“We’ll also be at the Seaside Market at Ngamotu Beach in the first weekend of July and talking directly with community groups so that we can answer any questions and encourage people to have their say.”

The draft plan lists the district’s key goals as:

  • Maximising opportunities to reduce levels of waste sent to the landfill. (The region sends about 55,000 tonnes of waste to the landfill each year – about 40 per cent of which could be recycled or composted.)
  • Reducing the harmful and costly effects of waste, e.g. reducing the instances of illegal dumping.
  • Improving efficiency of resource use.

NPDC proposes to deliver on these goals by:

  • Changing the current kerbside collection of a weekly 60L rubbish bag and two fortnightly recycling bins (one for glass and one for general recycling) to a fortnightly 120L rubbish bin and three recycling bins (for glass, general recycling and food/green waste).
  • Growing the Council’s education programmes to drive behaviour change.
  • Developing collaboration and partnerships in the district, regionally and nationally.
  • Showing leadership and innovation by modelling good practice in Council facilities and addressing commercial waste.

If all of the proposed changes are approved after public consultation, it would result in an additional $2.15 per week on household rates.

Submissions close on 14 July.