Let's talk rubbish & recycling

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A review of rubbish and recycling services in Kaikōura is currently underway.

Over October, Council and Innovative Waste Kaikōura conducted a survey to find out what residents and ratepayers think matters most when it comes to rubbish and recycling. Along with other key pieces of work, the survey results will help guide the review and develop a new draft Waste Minimisation and Management Strategy and Action Plan. The community will have a chance to have their say on the draft strategy and action plan as part of consultation around the 2020/2021 Annual Plan early in 2020.

The survey showed us that:

  • reducing waste is most important, followed by reusing and then recycling.
  • people are generally happy to pay more for waste services if it reduces the impact of waste on our environment.
  • two thirds of respondents would be happy to pay more for waste services if it provides local employment.

The top 6 most important values (in order) were;

  1. Making sure hazardous waste is well managed
  2. Ensuring safety for staff and the public
  3. Reducing the environmental impact
  4. Keeping costs as low as possible
  5. Ensuring those who generate waste pay their fair share of dealing  with it
  6. Getting the community actively involved

Council and Innovative Waste Kaikōura are working together to talk rubbish and recycling with the Kaikōura community, iwi and ratepayers. This includes developing a new waste management and minimisation strategy and action plan and developing a plan for converting the sole landfill into a transfer station. The aim is to make sure how rubbish and recycling services are designed, delivered and paid for helps build the kind of community and future residents and ratepayers want to see.

With a diversion rate of around 50% Innovative Waste Kaikōura remains one of the highest performing resource recovery centres in NZ. However, the landfill is filling up and has approximately 18 months of operational life left before space runs out. Planning for converting the landfill to a transfer station will review all options. In addition, the Waste Minimisation and Management Strategy and Plan for Kaikoura are due for a refresh. The refresh will build on the history of waste in Kaikōura, look at current activities and costs and plan for likely future needs.

In the 1990’s Kaikōura set a goal of becoming a ‘Zero waste’ community and had some early success.  Twenty years later, changes to international, national and local behaviours, regulations and laws mean it’s time to refresh thinking about waste in Kaikōura.   China is no longer taking soft plastics, national and international markets for recycling are volatile and uncertain. Our community is producing more waste than ever, our visitor numbers are increasing and some sections of our community no longer seem to value or demonstrate waste-minimisation behaviours.

How IWK and Kaikōura District Council work together

Council contracts IWK to deliver services including managing the District’s recycling and rubbish, maintaining public toilets and looking after some of our water infrastructure and services. IWK also provides waste management services to other private business.


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02 October  2019