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Waste Management and Minimisation Plan


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In order to promote effective and efficient waste management and minimisation, the councils must adopt a waste management and minimization plan. The assessment forms the basis of this Nelson Tasman Waste Management and Minimization Plan (this Plan). Waste management and minimization services and all related activities are safe to operate and use.

This plan sets the direction for waste management and minimization in the Nelson Tasman region for the next six years. A waste management and minimization plan must take into account the waste assessment and the New Zealand Waste Strategy 2010.

Figure 2-1: The planning and implementation process for a Waste Management and  Minimisation Plan
Figure 2-1: The planning and implementation process for a Waste Management and Minimisation Plan


Current Situation – total waste and diversion

What do the waste assessment numbers tell us?

How much material is diverted from landfill?

Existing Waste Services and Facilities

The amount of recycled waste collected and diverted by municipalities is about 10% by weight compared to the amount of solid waste that goes to landfill. Municipalities encourage and accept some segregated green waste at the transfer station and resource recovery centers. Municipalities have limited data on the amount of waste processed in the region.

Forecasting future demand

The councils jointly manage the York Valley and Eves Valley landfills through the council-owned Nelson Tasman Regional Landfill Business Unit. The business unit was established on 1 July 2017 and subsequently the York Valley landfill in Nelson became the only operational landfill in the region. Private waste collection companies also provide services to some households in both Tasman and Nelson, including waste containers, wheeled bins, bags, drums or other collection services.

Businesses often outsource their waste disposal to haulers who deliver bins, containers or other arrangements. Waste from commercial operators is generally delivered to the resource recovery centers in the Tasman district, whereas the majority of commercial and industrial waste is delivered directly to the landfill in Nelson city.

Future opportunities to divert waste from landfill

Method 1.1.3 Councils will encourage the reuse of materials before unnecessary consumption of natural resources. Method 1.1.4 Councils will promote community-led reuse opportunities, ideas and innovation through Council communication channels. Method 1.1.5 Councils will continue to promote food waste reduction and encourage home composting Policy 1.2 Councils will take a.

Method 1.4.1 The councils will consider including waste prevention, waste reduction and waste recycling in the development of the project's business plans. Methodology 3.1.3 Councils will review New Zealand's data guidelines and incorporate these requirements into existing data collection systems. Method 4.1.4 The councils will examine and may implement the joint management and operation of municipality-owned resource extraction facilities.

Method 5.1.3 The Councils will investigate the provision of future kerbside services before future services are established. Method 5.1.4 The Councils will investigate and may provide additional capacity in the region for the reception, collection and sorting of recycling. Method 7.2.2 The Councils will investigate and may support options for the provision of additional services and facilities for hazardous or semi-hazardous waste.

Method 7.4.1 Councils can subsidize the disposal and treatment of waste that cannot be funded by user charges. Method 7.5.2 Councils will investigate options for pre-treatment and diversion of materials prior to landfill in connection with landfill capacity investigations. Method 8.1.1 Councils will annually review compliance with source consents for operational and closed waste facilities.

Method 8.2.1 Councils will investigate and may propose solid waste bylaws to address problems identified in the common waste. Methodology 9.1.2 Councils will investigate and review health and safety impacts for all proposed methods of improving waste management and minimization before implementing new measures.

Figure 6-1: Waste Hierarchy of methods for waste management and minimisation
Figure 6-1: Waste Hierarchy of methods for waste management and minimisation

The Councils’ Role in Managing Demand


Our ambition is to remove unnecessary waste to landfill, and our goal is to reduce waste to landfill by 10% per year. person in 2030. We see society as being everyone, individually and collectively: households, iwi, the state and other bodies, the business sector, companies, the non-profit sector, settlements and visitors. Councils can only achieve the aims and vision of this plan in partnership within the wider community.

At the moment, we estimate that 34% of waste is diverted from landfill – by Councils and others in our community. To reduce landfill waste by 10% we will all need to reduce the total waste generated or divert more waste from landfill. With this plan as a guide, we will use our Long-Term Plans and Activity Management Plans to engage the community, prioritize our actions and test their affordability as we work towards our goal.

Seven Guiding Principles

Method 3.1.1 The Councils will monitor waste and diverted material streams using information derived from Council services and from commercial and non-profit services where available. Method 3.1.4 The Councils will investigate and may implement improvements to software and systems for the collection of waste data at landfills, transfer stations and resource recovery centres. Method 3.1.5 The Councils will investigate and may implement methods to collect waste and diversion material data from commercial and not-for-profit operators, and this may include the use of a waste by-law.

Methodology 4.1.2 Councils will continue to provide recycling services for drop-off at transfer stations, resource recovery centers and public places and expand these as necessary. Methodology 4.2.2 Councils will investigate and may support existing and new food diversion programs for commercial food waste and household food waste reduction through community programs. Methodology 4.2.6 Councils will investigate and may support the development of markets for the reuse or recycling of recovered construction and demolition materials, including waste exchange.

Method 5.1.1 The Councils examine the types and sources of paper and packaging waste currently sent to landfills and may support options to improve the diversion of this material. Method 5.1.2 The Councils will continue to examine and possibly expand the range and amount of recyclable materials collected through street collection, waste collection centers and waste transfer stations. Method 5.1.5 The councils review options and may fund or support the provision of organic collection and processing facilities and services in the region.

Method 6.1.2 Councils will work with central government to advocate for product stewardship at national level, including programs such as container deposit schemes. Methodology 7.1.3 Councils will continue to jointly own and manage the Eves Valley and York Valley Landfills through the Nelson Tasman Regional Landfill Business Unit. Methodology 9.1.1 Councils will review and amend, where appropriate, the health and safety practices followed for existing waste management and minimization initiatives where concerns are raised.

Overview of Funding Methods

Municipalities both pay a waste tax to the public (in their role as .landfill operator through the regional landfill business unit) and receive a 50% share. Municipalities also use revenue from municipal waste management to partially fund waste minimization services and programs. A significant proportion of this funding is provided by the regional landfill business unit through a "local disposal charge" to the two councils.

The National Landfill Levy received by Councils will be spent on matters to promote or achieve waste minimization and management in accordance with this plan. Councils can also apply for or support applications for the Contestable Landfill Tax Fund. Details of service delivery costs and funding sources for each financial year will be included in each Council's Long Term Plan and Annual Plan.

National Waste Disposal Levy Spending

This is not an exhaustive list and will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.

Local Disposal Levy spending

The amount of waste generated in the Nelson-Tasman region that is deposited in a Grade 1 landfill. kg per capita per year for the usually resident population). The amount of household waste collected from homes by the municipality, a contractor on behalf of the municipality or by private waste collectors (via curbside or similar collections). kg per capita per year for the ordinarily resident population of that district served by these collections). The amount of household waste collected by the householder in a residential area or similar waste that is otherwise disposed of. kg per capita per year for the usually resident population of those districts).

The amount of domestic recycling collected by municipalities or private service providers from residential premises. kg per capita per year for the average population of that district that has access to kerbside recycling bins, less pollution). Amount of domestic recycling collected from residential premises by municipalities or private service providers, or similar materials generated by domestic activities and collected in any way by municipalities or private service providers. kg per capita per year for the average population of this district, less pollution). The amount of domestic kerbside recycling that is collected from residential premises by municipalities or private service providers and goes to landfill instead of becoming diverted material. the amount deposited in the landfill divided by the total collected - %). diversion rate Amount of total material avoided or diverted by Councils through Council services. kg per capita per year for the normal population of this district).

Where available, definitions are taken from the Waste Minimization Act 20081 or Department for the Environment publications. Environment as defined in the Norwegian Resource Management Act - the environment includes—. a) ecosystems and their constituents, including people and communities and. b) all natural and physical resources; and (c) glory values; and. d) the social, economic, aesthetic and cultural conditions that affect the conditions listed in. Recycling The further use of waste or diverted material in its existing form for the original purpose of the materials or products that make up the waste or diverted material, or for a similar purpose.

Waste assessment (WA) An assessment as defined by s51 of the Waste Minimization Act 2008; it provides the background information for the waste plan by assessing the current situation in a defined area, in this case the Nelson Tasman. Landfill Levy A levy imposed under the Waste Management Act 2008 on waste deposited in a landfill Waste minimization (a) waste reduction; and. b) reuse, recycling and recovery of waste and diverted materials. WMMP / "this Plan" the Waste Management and Minimization Plan as defined in s43 of the Waste Minimization Act 2008.

Table 11-1: Waste Reduction Indicators
Table 11-1: Waste Reduction Indicators


Figure 2-1: The planning and implementation process for a Waste Management and  Minimisation Plan
Fig. 4-1: Composition of material disposed to landfill in Nelson Tasman, 2012
Table 4-1:  Waste to landfill in 2010 and 2016  Amount of
Table 4-2:  Existing and potential diversion of waste from landfill


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