Waste Management and Minimisation Plan project

The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan was adopted by this Council at a Council meeting on 29 February 2012.

Please visit the Joint-Council Solid-Waste web project page for more information about the entire project.


Project Background:

We have been working with the Hauraki and Matamata-Piako District Councils to produce a Draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) and now we want to hear what you think. 

This section of our website will give you all the information you need about the draft plan, where you can attend an open day to ask further questions and to find out more, as well as how to make a submission and attend a hearing.

Why do we need a plan for waste?

  • Because we all care about our environment we want to reduce more waste going to landfill and increase our recycling and reuse efforts 
  • We want to save our ratepayers money by investigating better ways of managing waste
  • By law, every Council has to produce a plan to say how they are going to manage their waste.  The official term for the plan is a Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP).

Scope: What does the WMMP cover?

The plan covers all of the solid waste that we produce in our districts including material that is recycled or composted.  It covers not just the waste and recycling that the Councils collect or manage through our transfer stations but also what businesses and private operators collect, process and dispose of.

Project Vision:

Our proposed vision for how we manage waste in our districts is simply to: 

“Minimise waste to landfill and maximise community benefit”

We believe this vision is clear, simple to understand and represents what we want to try to achieve. 

Project Goals:

The vision will be achieved by working towards a number of proposed goals.  These are as follows:

  • To actively promote waste reduction
  • Work together to optimise opportunities
  • To manage waste services in the most cost-effective manner
  • To increase economic benefit by using materials more efficiently
  • To minimise harm to the environment
  • To protect public health
  • To collect information to enable informed decision-making

Key Issues:

Based on the work we have undertaken, we believe that the key issues for the districts are:

  • We need to produce less waste in the first plafe - and encourage those who do produce waste to take greater responsibility for reducing it.
  • Landfill disposal costs will rise
  • Recycling is still being thrown in to rubbish bins even with a recycling collection available
  • We need to be aware of markets for recycled materials and how this may affect the affordability of recycling services
  • A large proportion of waste going to landfill is organic waste – this is a particular problem due to the negative environmental impacts
  • A need for more/improved facilities for managing waste within the region
    Varying demand through the region – summer visitors, rural customers, businesses
  • A lack of data on waste flows and composition in the districts – particularly for waste and recovered materials managed by the private sector
  • There are opportunities to target materials for recovery and reuse, including electronic waste, construction and demolition waste, and re-usable items, like furniture

Latest News:

Please visit our solid-waste project web page for the latest news about this project.

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Key dates:

  • 18 October 2011: Consultation begins
  • 2 November 2011: Open Day -Thames Civic Centre, cnr Mary st & Queen Sts, 5.30pm - 7pm
  • 21 November 2011: Submission period closes
  • 12 December: Hearing of submissions
  • January 2012: Amendments to Draft WMMP
  • February 2012: Councils adopt the WMMP  

Download supporting documents:

Please visit our Solid Waste project web page to read more about the joint-solid waste project, as the joint WMMP is just one aspect to this project.