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Council hears public submissions on draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

Argyll East students WMMP

Students from Argyll East Primary School, were among a number of people
attending Central Hawke’s Bay District Council’s (CHBDC) full council meeting
today to speak to elected members about the District’s draft Waste Management
and Minimisation Plan (WMMP).

Every six years, councils are required to review and consult on their WMMP
which sets the direction for how they manage and minimise waste in the district
for the following six years. CHBDC asked residents to submit their views
on its draft WMMP in July 2019.

The draft Plan proposes a vision for a ‘Waste Free CHB’ which aims to increase
diversion of waste from landfill from 32% to 70% by 2040; increase diversion
from landfill from 32% to 48% by 2025; and increase participation in kerbside
recycling services from 40% to 60%.

In total the Council received 59 submissions of which 29 were from Argyll East
School. The majority of submissions showed general support for the targets and
actions outlined in the draft Plan. Support for additional actions also
came through, including the expansion of services to rural areas; further
investigation into green waste options; investigating increased provision of
public recycling bins; and investigating the introduction of wheelie bins for
recycling.

Monique Davidson, chief executive for Central Hawke’s Bay District Council
said: “I want to thank our community for taking the time to provide their
feedback on our proposed plans. It’s vital that whatever approach we take to
managing and minimising waste in the district, reflects the wants and needs of
our communities who are directly impacted by the outcomes of our approach.

“I especially wish to thank the primary school students from Argyll East School
and other members of the public who presented in person today. Your attendance
provides a true voice for the community and gives elected members an
opportunity to ask further questions so they truly understand your views.”

Feedback from councillors having deliberated on submissions from the community
will be included in the final WMMP and be brought back to Council for final
adoption on 26 September.

The draft WMMP can be viewed at www.chbdc.govt.nz/our-council/consultations/waste-management-and-minimisation-plan-wmmp-consultation/

30 August 2019

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