At least half of what’s going to Omarunui Landfill doesn’t need to be – so what can we can do about it?
Every six years the Hastings District and Napier City Councils, which manage the landfill, are legally obliged to review their joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP), which sets out how waste will be managed in the region.
The draft joint WMMP for 2018-2024 opens for consultation on Monday and the Councils want you to have your say.
Options in the consultation document for how we can all recycle, repurpose or compost more of our rubbish include, for urban households, enhancing existing Council kerbside recycling services by providing urban households with collection crates, introducing or enhancing existing Council-provided organic waste collection, and replacing Council-provided collection of rubbish bags with wheelie bins.
Rural residents are being asked about future levels of rubbish and recycling services, and whether there are communities would like a recycling service, following on from recycling containers being set up in Tutira, Maraekakaho, Poukawa, Pukehamoamoa and Waimarama.
Hastings Mayor Sandra Hazlehurst says it is time for everyone to address the volume of waste going to landfill to ensure it does not run out of room too soon. “We need your support to consider different waste reduction options.”
She saysthese changes could be a potential game-changer for the environment. Mrs Hazlehurst says a third of waste that goes to the landfill is compostable garden and food waste, which needs to be addressed. “We do not want green waste going to landfill; instead we would like our residents to separate this waste.”
There are different ways the community can help to reduce the amount of garden and food waste going to landfills. “The use of a dedicated green waste bin, a compost bin or a worm farm are easy ways to cut down on the amount of reusable waste that goes to the landfill.”
“As a community, we need to improve the practices of the past and provide better solutions to reduce waste to landfills,” Mrs Hazlehurst said.
“This is an important step towards setting the tone for waste management in Napier and Hastings over the next few years. If we want Hawke’s Bay to have a sustainable future, we need to put in the effort now. I encourage everyone to read up on the WMMP and take the opportunity to have their say,” says Napier Mayor Bill Dalton.
A summary of the WMMP consultation document is being delivered to all households within Napier city and Hastings district.
From Monday 19 February, the full document will be available for reading online at www.myvoicemychoice.co.nz, in the Hastings, Flaxmere, Havelock North, Napier and Taradale Libraries, at the Hastings District Council offices in Lyndon Rd East, Hastings, and at the Napier City Council Customer Service Centre at 215 Hastings Street, Napier.
Submissions can be made online at www.myvoicemychoice.co.nz or by using the tear-off, freepost form at the back of the consultation document.
Submissions will be heard in April, and both Councils are due to adopt the final joint WMMP 2018-24 in May.
Staff from both Councils will also be out and about at various events and in different locations throughout Napier city and Hastings district during the consultation period, which closes at 12 noon on Friday 23 March.
16 February 2018
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