Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2017 – 2023
Upper Hutt City Council adopted the Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (2017-2023) at its meeting on 9 August 2017.
Upper Hutt City Council invited the public to make submissions on the draft Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2017–2023 (draft WMMP). Council heard submissions on 22 and 23 May. Council made decisions and recommendations on local and regional actions at an Extraordinary meeting on 1 June. A regional joint committee considered recommendations on regional matters on 10 July.
The following supporting documents contain more detailed information (click to download/view):
WMMP consultation document
(PDF 823 KB)
Statement of Proposal
(PDF 1 MB)
(PDF 2 MB)
Wellington Region Waste Assessment 2016
(PDF 5 MB)
(PDF 44 KB)
What we’re proposing and why
The eight local councils of the Wellington region are proposing to replace the current WMMP (2011 – 2017) with the draft WMMP (2017 – 2023).
Based on the Wellington Region Waste Assessment completed in 2016, we know that we can all improve on our waste management and minimisation performance. The assessment highlighted that we are throwing out an increasing amount of waste, which ends up in our landfills.
The WMMP is the regional plan that guides the actions we can take to be ‘waste-free together’. Having a plan in place is a legal requirement for councils under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.
The primary regional target
The draft WMMP sets a primary regional target to reduce the total quantity of waste sent to landfills by one third over the next 10 years.
The Wellington Region Waste Assessment (2016) showed that ‘user-pays’ and rates-funded waste collection systems can both achieve high rates of recycling and waste diversion. However, we can all do more, and some things are easier than others.
How do we plan to achieve the target?
Local and regional actions have been identified to work toward the primary regional target.
- For Upper Hutt’s local action plan, have a look at pages 76 – 82 of the draft WMMP.
- For the regional actions, have a look at pages 29 – 34 of the draft WMMP.
The proposed actions will be spread over the six-year life of the plan, but may take longer to complete. In some cases, the proposed actions will continue work already underway. Others involve investigating opportunities before making a commitment to them.
The proposed actions range from supporting waste reduction at local events to investigating options for increasing recycling participation rates.
Any significant proposals to change levels of service delivery would require further public consultation and will need to consider the impacts on local communities – including costs to households and the impact of change on the regional target. These decisions will happen via councils’ long term plan and annual plan processes.