Waste Management and Minimisation Investigations


​​​​​​Where we're at

Council has been investigating alternative recycling and rubbish collection models to achieve better oversight and management of solid waste and recycling throughout the District. The vision is to "minimise waste to landfill".

Council is considering how to best increase the diversion of material away from landfill and what level of involvement in kerbside waste services Council should have.


Council has been considering its approach to waste management in some detail over the past two and half years, initially through the development of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP).

Council's Waste Management and Minimisation Plan was formally adopted on 5 December 2017. The Plan provides Council with a framework for the effective and efficient management of the District's waste. Council's vision, as stated in the WMMP, is: 'Minimising waste to landfill'. The WMMP set a target of increasing the quantity of diverted materials by 80 percent by 2022. One of the key decisions made through the WMMP was that Council would actively investigate alternative recycling and rubbish collection models to achieve better oversight and management of solid waste and recycling throughout the District.

Currently, Council takes a relatively hands-off approach to waste collection. Rubbish and recycling collections are carried out by private contractors on a pre-paid basis, and Council provides recycling and green waste centres in our larger urban communities (Te Puke, Katikati, Waihi Beach and Omokoroa (greenwaste only)).

Waste audits have shown that approximately 70 percent of waste collected as general waste could have been diverted or recycled (for more detail on what we are throwing away, see the report below). What we throw away and how we dispose of our rubbish can have a big impact on our environment.

Composition of kerbside bags and wheelie bins in the Western Bay of Plenty District

​There has been a clear push from the community at large and also Central Government for the nation to do more to address environmental issues – for example, banning single use shopping bags, acknowledging the vast swathes of plastic filling the oceans, increasing awareness on the importance of removing food waste from the landfill or taking action on climate change. There's a big opportunity for us to do more as a community.

Through previous engagement around our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, the LTP and in response to private companies' changes to glass collections, we've heard that this is important to you too.

The Investigations

The investigations provide a detailed consideration of collection services and models to make progress towards the vision to increase the quantity of diverted materials from landfill. The purpose of the investigations has been to enable Council to determine the best mix of services required and the level of Council involvement that may be beneficial.

The investigations have progressed through three key phases.

  • Phase 1: Research and options development – including initial engagement with industry
  • Phase 2: Collection modelling – high level modelling of six options
  • Phase 3: Detailed investigations of preferred options – modelling of two preferred options and additional services.

Eunomia Consulting were selected to undertake the modelling and investigatory work. They are a specialist waste and resource consultancy and have worked with a range of government and industry organisations.

The three reports are available below.​

Next steps

Should a decision be made to move away from the status quo, this would be progressed alongside the Annual Plan 2019/20.​

A report is going to the Policy Committee Meeting on 13 December where it is expected that an initial decision will be made on a preferred option to be taken to community consultation. A link to the agenda and reports is provided below.​

Seeking the community's views and input on any proposal would be essential and community consultation would be undertaken through March/April as part of a formal consultation process. This would include the opportunity for interested people and organisations to speak to elected members. 

​Would you like to know more?

Page reviewed: 06 Dec 2018 2:24pm