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Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) Consultation

Our Waste Minimisation and Management Plan (WMMP) sets out how Central Hawke’s Bay District Council will play its part in managing the district’s waste and continuing to work towards our goal of a “Waste Free CHB”.

The Plan is a requirement of the Waste Minimisation Act (WMA) and has an effective period of six years.
Managing waste can impact social, economic, cultural and environmental outcomes and is something that the Council and the community need to work together on, side by side.

While Council has a leading role in many aspects of how we manage and minimise waste in the district, we need the support and skills of our communities to deliver on this plan and on our vision of a “Waste Free CHB”.

Together we have made significant improvements during the period of the last plan, but there is still a lot to do.

We know that together we need to reduce what is going into our landfill, increase re-use and recycling, raise awareness and education and ensure that our services are practical and affordable. Waste has long been a widely-discussed topic in our community and Council wants to ensure that this plan has the support of residents and the business community alike.

Consultation has now closed

Thank you for taking the time to have your say on the plan before it is finalised. Let’s work together to ensure we make Central Hawke’s Bay an even better place to live, work and play. Together we THRIVE!

Key Issues

• A significant proportion of waste going to landfill is organic waste, with food waste present across all kerbside refuse collection systems.

How much waste and where.

• There is a significantly higher proportion of material that shouldn’t be going to landfill in rubbish from households with private wheeled bin collections (particularly those with large bins), including green waste which is insignificant in the Council rubbish bag collection.

• Council has very low market share in the household kerbside rubbish collection market.

Rubbish Quantities

• Many use the drop off points or transfer stations for recyclables, with low participation in the Council’s kerbside recycling collection.

What Happens With Waste

• Lack of facilities to recycle or otherwise divert construction and demolition waste.

• Little data available on private operator activities and non-Council waste streams in general, until waste reaches the landfill.

• Nearly half of waste to landfill comes from out of the district.

• Community engagement, understanding and awareness of waste issues could be improved further.

• More recyclables could be diverted from both domestic and commercial properties rather than going to landfill.

• Industrial and commercial waste generally presents scope for increased diversion, with paper/card the main material type currently diverted.

• A need to understand more about the specific issues and opportunities facing our rural communities for waste minimisation.

Proposed Targets


1. To increase diversion from landfill to 70% by 2040.
2. To increase diversion from landfill to 48% by 2025.
3. To increase participation in kerbside recycling services (measured through set out rates) to 60%.



• Goal 1 – A community committed to minimising waste sent to landfill.
• Goal 2 – A community that considers, and where appropriate implements, new initiatives and innovative ways to assist in reducing, reusing and recycling wastes.
• Goal 3 – Minimise environmental harm and protect public health.
• Goal 4 – Work in partnership with others.

Key background work for this plan includes:

• A Waste Assessment undertaken by Waste Not in 2019 of our landfill, transfer stations, and kerbside services.
• Workshops with a key stakeholder groups and Councillors.

The Waste Situation

In New Zealand, we are generating more and more waste. In Central Hawke’s Bay, our waste goes to a landfill that is owned by Council and managed on its behalf by a contractor. However, there are inevitably negative environmental impacts from this landfill, and the amount of recyclables and compostable material going to landfill represents lost resources for our district.

The National Waste Situation

There has been a significant focus on waste management and minimisation in the last 18 months. This has been driven partly by a change in government, and an increased focus on environmental and resource management issues. However the increasingly strict rules that China and some other countries are introducing mean that markets for our recycling material are becoming harder to find.

Awareness amongst the general public about a number of waste issues, notably plastic bags and single-use plastics, has increased dramatically and lead to petitions calling on government to ban single-use plastic bags and other similar items.

The National Waste Strategy

The New Zealand Waste Strategy (NZWS) has two overall goals;

  1. To reduce harmful effects; and
  2. To improve efficiency

Our District

Currently those living and working in Central Hawke’s Bay have access to a range of options to help send less waste to landfill:

• Council’s weekly user-pays bag collection for rubbish.
• Private companies collecting wheeled bins of rubbish at various frequencies, and with various sizes of bins on offer to households and businesses.
• Council’s weekly kerbside recycling collection from two 60 litre recycling crates.
• Various other materials collected at the recycling drop-off points or transfer stations.
• Green waste collected at transfer stations and composted
• Various other specialised services such as medical and agricultural waste collection and treatment
• Offer an Ag recovery service at the Waipukurau Transfer Station


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