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Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 

Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

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Auckland Council has developed the first Auckland-wide plan, aiming at an aspirational goal of Zero Waste, helping people to minimise their waste and create economic opportunities in doing so.

The council aims to:

  • deliver waste services more efficiently
  • find better ways to recover and re-use resources, and
  • send less waste to landfill.

Auckland Council will introduce a range of streamlined services and new initiatives to meet these objectives.

From 17 November 2011 until 31 January 2012, we collected Aucklanders' opinions on the draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP).

Results from the consultation are summarised below.

The council listened to what people had to say and made a number of changes to the plan to address community and industry views before it was adopted on Wednesday, 20 June 2012.

You can read the final Auckland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan online.

Now that we have a region-wide plan for tackling waste, we will work with you and your community to ensure you know what these changes entail. We will develop an extensive community education and engagement programme to guide the lead up to the implementation, with major changes to kerbside collections not occurring until 2015.


Results from the consultation

Auckland Council received 2008 submissions on the draft waste plan during the consultation period from 17 November 2011 to 31 January 2012. The Hearings Panel heard from more than 200 submitters who spoke in support of their submissions from March to May 2012.

The Hearings Panel was chaired by Councillor Noelene Raffills, and members included two councillors, a member of the Independent Maori Statutory Board and two independent commissioners.

Submissions received highlighted the following feedback:

  • 77 per cent of submitters agreed with the proposed short to medium term target aim of 30 per cent reduction in the amount of domestic kerbside waste sent to landfill per person by 2018
  • 69 per cent of submitters agreed with the disposer-pays proposal for domestic refuse collections
  • 64 per cent of submitters agreed with the proposal of standardising receptacle type
  • 69 per cent of submitters agreed with the proposal to provide a small bin for organic waste collection
  • 72 per cent of submitters agreed with council in regards to a rates-funded inorganic collection every one or two years
  • 82 per cent of submitters agreed with council advocating to central Government to introduce mandatory product stewardship schemes for packaging (cans, bottled drinks etc)
  • 73 per cent of submitters agreed with the proposal to implement a comprehensive communications, community engagement and community development programme to help householders adapt to changes in waste and recycling services.

Key activities and results:

  • 2088 submissions received from around the Auckland region.
  • More than 200 submitters spoke at the hearings.
  • The draft plan, a summary and the submission form were available at all of council’s 21 service centres, 21 local board offices, and 54 libraries around the region, on request from council’s call centres and an email sent directly to key stakeholders including residents and ratepayers groups and hundreds of companies in the waste industry.
  • Consulted with more than 10,000 people at about 200 separate engagements in all 21 of council's local boards.
  • These engagements included presentations, workshops, marae meetings/hui, farmers’ markets, shopping malls, festivals and events.
  • In addition to the thousands of submission forms given out, hundreds of summary forms were handed out in Te Reo Māori, Chinese, Korean, Samoan and Tongan.


You can download the following documents.

20 June 2012 adoption:

Waste assessment:

Auckland Council undertook a Waste Assessment that looked at the amount of waste produced in the region, existing services and future needs. The Waste Assessment presented a range of strategies for managing waste in the future.

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