Wellingtonians! Consultation is now open on the Wellington City Council Proposed Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2020!
You have until 5pm on 25 September 2020 to make a submission.
The Rubbish Trip is sharing this blog post to:
a) give you an outline of what the Council is proposing
b) give you our take on it (scroll to the end of this post to find our full joint submission that we have prepared alongside Sustainability Trust, Wellington Waste Managers and Kaicycle).
The Council is proposing a new bylaw to help fix some issues that are getting in the way of effective waste management and minimisation in the Greater Wellington region. These issues came up during a review of current waste management bylaw provisions. This review process happens once every 10 years. So, the present proposal is a ‘once in a decade’ opportunity to get the best bylaw possible to move Wellington that bit closer to being waste-free.
The proposal recommends a new, standalone Bylaw, accompanied by “Controls” (binding rules that Council can make by resolution once the bylaw is passed). You can read all the proposal documents (including the Council’s handy summary document) here.
That’s things like what people are allowed to put in their waste & recycling bins, the types of bins that can be used, things that are allowed or aren’t allowed in the landfill, and other matters.
For example, we will all be required to:
Certain waste streams and items will be prohibited from rubbish bins and the Southern Landfill (see the list in proposed cl 6 and proposed control 2.15). People entering the Southern Landfill will be required to separate green waste from general waste, and to separate out hazardous substances, lead acid batteries, recyclable paper, cardboard, glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans, compostable garden waste, steel cans, tyres. Council will have the right to reuse to dispose of items or materials that could reasonably be expected to be diverted.
This will help Council keep a quality control on these services and improve the data gathered on Wellington’s waste and recycling.
And a heads up that Council won’t be providing waste & recycling collection services for any new multi-unit developments.
All events of 1000 people or more will have to prepare a waste management plan at least 30 days before the event starts (for approval by Council) that the event manager must comply with. After the event the Council can require the event manager to provide a waste analysis report.
All construction & demolition projects doing building work of $2m or more will have to prepare a waste management plan (for approval by Council). After the build, the Council may require the principal contractor to provide details of waste generated and diverted and any cost savings.
It will no longer be legal to leave unaddressed mail and advertising material in:
You have until 5pm on 25 September 2020 to have your say. To make a submission, visit this page on the Council website.
Just a heads up that you don’t have to write anything on the Council’s submission form if you don’t want to – it’s enough just to let the Council know if you Agree or Disagree with the proposals using the submission form’s handy check boxes.
If you would like to share your views in writing, there is the option to make written comments in a comment box at the very end of the submission form, so save up your thoughts till the end!
We have joined forces with a number of Wellington-based organisations who are interested in waste to produce a joint written submission. You can read our joint submission here (or scroll down to review it below).