Waste Management Plan 2011-17

This page describes the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan and gives a link to the document.

Under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 (the Act) councils are required to develop a Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP).

The councils of the Wellington region have agreed to jointly prepare and adopt a WMMP.  In doing so, the councils recognise that they do not control much of the waste stream in the region, since large volumes of waste are produced and managed by the private sector. 

The WMMP considers waste and diverted materials in keeping with the order of priority stated in the Act, namely: reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery, treatment, and disposal.

The overall vision of the WMMP is to provide residents and ratepayers with highly effective, efficient and safe waste management and minimisation services in order to protect the environment from harm, and provide environmental, social, economic, and cultural benefits.

The region’s goals and objectives for solid waste management and minimisation are:

  • achieving waste minimisation through reduction, reuse, recycling and recovery where it is effective  and efficient to do so;
  • achieving effective and efficient waste management through highly cost effective council and/or privately provided waste management services;
  • minimising the harmful effects of waste wherever practical;
  • providing economic benefit by using resources more efficiently;
  • protecting public health; and
  • gaining better information upon which to base future decisions regarding waste management and minimisation.

The Councils’ expected outcomes for waste management and minimisation are:

  • reduced total volumes of waste disposed to landfill;
  • increased volumes of waste diverted through reuse and recycling;
  • increased recovery of materials and/or energy from waste;
  • communities that are well informed about the effects of waste and the opportunities they have to reduce waste;
  • highly efficient waste management and minimisation services – whether or not these are provided by the Councils;
  • continual improvement in the environmental performance of waste disposal facilities;
  • clean streets and public areas;
  • no significant health risks created by waste; and
  • consistent and coordinated approaches to regulating waste management services.

Download and print Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2011-17 (776KB pdf)

Complimentary copies of the Waste Management Plan are available from the Porirua City libraries, or by requesting a copy by phoning (04) 237 5089.