Working towards a “Waste Free CHB”, reducing the amount of waste we send to landfill, and increasing participation in recycling are some of the actions of Central Hawke’s Bay’s (CHB) Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP), which was adopted at Central Hawke’s Bay District Council’s (CHBDC) full council meeting today.
The WMMP sets the direction for how the council will manage and minimise waste in the district over the next six years through to 2025, when it will next be reviewed. The draft WMMP went out to the public for consultation in July this year when the council received 59 submissions. Of those submissions, 29 came from students at Argyll East School, who presented in person to elected members last month.
The majority of submissions received 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. The WMMP adopted by the council today, incorporates this additional feedback and actions to ensure the plan reflects the wishes of the community.
The WMMP 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%.
Monique Davidson, chief executive for Central Hawke’s Bay District Council said: “This plan sets some very clear actions and targets for managing and minimising waste in our district, working towards our vision of a Waste free CHB, and protecting our environment and natural landscapes for generations to come.
“I want to thank our community for taking the time to feed into this plan. 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 their submissions at the last council meeting. Their attendance provided a true voice for the community and gave elected members an opportunity to ask further questions so they could truly understand their views.”
Deputy Mayor for Central Hawke’s Bay, Councillor Ian Sharp said, “I’m proud of the work that has gone into finalising this plan for our district, and the contribution that our community has made on its development. For the first time we have a plan for managing and minimising waste which has actions, not just aspirations and it’s the involvement of our community that has allowed us to get to this point.”
The full WMMP can be accessed on the council’s website at www.chbdc.govt.nz/services/rubbish-and-recycling/waste-minimisation/
29 October 2019
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