Have your say on the future of waste reduction



Matamata-Piako District Council is considering waste reduction as a key element of the next 10 Year Plan, and is asking for residents’ feedback.

“The world is filling up with waste, and our district is no exception,” says Mayor Jan Barnes. “If we’re serious about making Matamata-Piako the place people choose to live in the Waikato, we need to think about our future where waste management is concerned.”

"We have been doing great work as a district. The percentage of waste diverted from landfill has increased from 30% to 48% over the past three years. However, the total amount of waste the district sends to landfill is still increasing – to an estimated 365kg per household this year."

Council recently reviewed its Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan with Hauraki and Thames Coromandel District Councils. The plan aims to minimise household rubbish and promote sustainability.The three councils jointly operate the kerbside collection service.

The next step for the Council is to consider its approach to waste minimisation as part of the 10 year plan, taking effect from 1 July 2018. This may include investigating whether there is a need for a new landfill, which would be funded from the solid waste targeted rate.

“We might also decide to increase the solid waste rate to boost Government funding for waste minimisation initiatives. We currently receive $90,000 a year from the Waste Minimisation Fund, which comes out of landfill fees,” Mayor Jan said.

Council is proposing a suite of 10 initiatives and wants feedback on which ones residents prefer. Details on the initiatives and the survey are available on mpdc.govt.nz or at Council offices and libraries.

Kerbside rubbish and recycling customers will be given a brochure outlining the options when they pick up their rubbish bags.

Submissions close on 2 July.