Solid Waste Review

The increasing focus on waste reduction as a part of responding to the effects of climate change has seen Tararua District Council commence a review of how waste is managed.

In December 2017 Council adopted a new Waste Management and Minimisation Plan with some ambitious targets to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.  Actions from the plan included installing glass recycling containers across the district and piloting education on composting and worm farming.

Despite these initiatives the district is not meeting its waste minimisation targets, which means we run the risk of losing the waste levy received from Central Government.  In order to ensure this doesn’t happen, and to improve our waste reduction outcomes, Council undertook 2 solid waste trials in 2020. The results of these trials provided valuable data on recycling habits and residents

Therefore, in the 2021-31 Long Term Plan it was decided Council will roll out additional glass and recycling services in Dannevirke, Pahiatua, Woodville and Eketāhuna. Households in these areas will be provided with a glass container and a wheelie-bin for recyclable plastics, tin, and cardboard. Both bins will be collected at kerbside. We will increase our investment into organic waste through
education around composting and worm farming. Council will fund the extended recycling services by a combination of gradually increasing rates for urban properties receiving these services, selling recycled glass, and using the waste levy from Central Government.

During the consultations a gradual approach to kerbside recycling in the four towns was proposed. However, since the public consultations a few notable changes have occurred which will require Council to roll out the glass and recycling services together. The kerbside and waste recycling services will start on 1 July 2022, providing that there are no policy changes from Central Government that have a negative effect on the proposed project.

Physical Outcomes:

  • Increase our level of service to meet waste minimisation targets
  • Reduce the amount of recyclable material going to landfill
  • Increase and modernise our council solid waste educational material

Social Outcomes:

  • Improve the environment for future generations
  • Provide extra convenience to our communities