Let's talk rubbish & recycling

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

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.

This month, there are two opportunities to share what you think;

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.

Over 2019 and 2020 Council, IWK the Kaikōura community, iwi and ratepayers will need to work hard, and work together, to develop a new strategy for waste minimisation in Kaikōura. The strategy will align with tikanga, encourage local economic growth and diversity and balance affordability against environmental impact.  The community will have opportunities to have their say during the project including a survey in October 2019, workshops later in 2019, and formal consultation as part of the 2020/2021 Annual Plan early in 2020.

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