Let's talk rubbish & recycling

Council and Innovative Waste Kaikōura (IWK) are working together to talk rubbish and recycling with residents, ratepayers and iwi.

A review is underway to make sure rubbish and recycling services in Kaikōura are designed, delivered and paid for in a way that helps build the kind of community and future residents and ratepayers want to see.

With a diversion rate of around 50% IWK has one of the highest diversion rates of resource recovery centres in NZ. However, the landfill is filling up and has approximately 18 months of operational life left before space runs out.

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.

Engineering and environmental consultants Tonkin + Taylor are helping with this important project, bringing their knowledge from across New Zealand and elsewhere to help create the best strategy and action plan possible for Kaikōura. The draft strategy will be developed in early 2020 and will be consulted on in as part of the Annual Plan consultation.

As we get started, we want to hear from our residents and ratepayers. Complete this simple survey to tell us what you know, what you think and how you believe we should be dealing with our rubbish and recycling.

The survey is in three parts, fill out as much or as little as you like: 

Section 1: tell us about you

Section 2: help us develop a strategy that works for Kaikoura 

Section 3: tell us 'what good looks like' 

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For each of the below, choose from option 1,2 or 3 and tell us what you think currently happens to the following materials at Innovative Waste Kaikōura.   

Option 1 Goes to landfill

Option 2 Broken down into component parts by the IWK team then recycled/landfilled

Option 3 Recycled in NZ

Option 4 Recycled overseas

Our current project vision and project outcomes are below: 

Project vision: Waste minimisation and management solutions help Kaikōura move forward as a great place to live with a strong, well-connected community, that is ecologically exemplary and economically prosperous

Project outcomes:

  • Kaikōura remains a community that prides itself on managing its waste as sustainably and responsibly as it can afford to
  • Waste minimisation and management solutions align with tikanga Maori and uphold the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi
  • Waste minimisation and management solutions balance cost against environmental sustainability, and operational capability and efficiency
  • Waste minimisation and management solutions support a district economy that is diverse and provides continuous employment opportunities
  • Waste minimisation and management solutions are fit for future, with a minimum viable life of 10 years.
  • The Kaikōura community understands the operational and financial realities of waste management in a modern context, resulting in acceptable satisfaction with levels of service around waste

Rank the below in order of importance for the future of waste in Kaikōura from 1 -3. (1 being the most important and 3 being the least important).

Rank the below in order of importance for the future of waste in Kaikōura from 1-10 (1 being the most important, 10 being the least). 

How would you spend $100 across the following;