The plan

The Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) (2017) (2.35MB PDF) is a collaborative plan formed by 8 councils of the Wellington Region:

  • Carterton District Council
  • Hutt City Council
  • Kāpiti Coast District Council
  • Masterton District Council
  • Porirua City Council
  • South Wairarapa District Council
  • Upper Hutt City Council
  • Wellington City Council

The vision

The draft WMMP proposes the regional vision of: “Waste Free, Together - for people, environment, and economy”.

By agreeing to the plan, councils agree to take a range of actions to promote effective and efficient forms of waste management and minimisation.  The plan sets an aspirational waste reduction target for the region, which is to reduce the total quantity of waste sent to landfill by one-third over 10 years.  A number of other regional targets also provide aspirational benchmarks for the councils to work towards over a 10-year period.

The regional target and actions

The primary regional target:

  • A reduction in the total quantity of waste sent to class 1 landfills from 600kg per person per annum, to 400kg per person by 2026.

 Regional WMMP actions:

  • Investigate and if feasible develop, implement and oversee monitoring and enforcement of the regional bylaw.
  • Implement National Waste Data Framework and utilise the Framework to increase strategic information.
  • Deliver enhanced regional engagement, communications, and education.
  • Facilitate local councils to determine and where feasible, implement optimised kerbside systems that maximise diversion and are cost-effective to communities.
  • Investigate and if feasible, develop a region-wide resource recovery network – including facilities for construction and demolition waste, food and/or biosolids, and other organic waste.
  • Collaborate on options to use biosolids beneficially.
  • Promote, investigate and, where appropriate and cost-effective, support the establishment of shared governance and service delivery arrangements, where such arrangements have the potential to enhance the efficiency of waste management and minimisation initiatives within the Region.
  • Fund regional resources for the implementation of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, for example, human resources and research, funding the formulation of the next WMMP, or investing in shared infrastructure or initiatives.
  • Work collaboratively with local government organisations, non-government organisations and other key stakeholders to undertake research and actions to advance solutions to waste management issues such as, but not limited to e-waste, plastic bags, and the need for a container deposit system.
  • Work together to lobby for product stewardship for possible priority products such as, but not limited to e-waste, tyres and plastic bags.

Action plans

Each council has set out a local action plan to achieve the objectives and policies of the plan.  As a result, the WMMP includes a collection of district action plans (as contained in Part B of the WMMP).  Although each one is unique, they all incorporate a combination of regulatory and non-regulatory measures to support waste minimisation and a decrease in waste disposal. They also collectively recognise that community engagement and council leadership will be an essential part of the waste minimisation and reduction process.

Implementing the plan

Councils are currently progressing a range of local waste minimisation actions (600 KB PDF) in accordance with the WMMP.  In some cases, the council actions involve continuing the educational and community support programmes already underway.  In other instances, however, implementation will involve scoping and investigating potential projects to determine the best local way forward.  If, as a result of such investigation, a council decides to consider a significant change in waste or recycling service delivery, then further public consultation and consideration of costs would be required.

In addition,  councils have also commenced a regional-level review of all existing solid waste and waste management related bylaws.  In accordance with the WMMP, this review has the potential to result in the development of a regional bylaw, or a suite of regionally consistent district level bylaws.  Due to the comprehensive and regional scope of this bylaw review, this work will be progressed over the next 18 months.  If a Council proposes a new waste bylaw, this bylaw will be publicly consulted on.

Councils are also currently progressing the implementation of the National Waste Data Framework (NWDF).

The National Waste Data Framework has the potential to inform the way we collect waste related data throughout New Zealand.  As recognised within the New Zealand Waste Strategy, the current  lack of data about waste hampers our ability to plan appropriate activities to improve waste management and minimisation.