Things have changed since the Dunedin City Council (DCC) last prepared a strategic document for better waste management and minimisation, including the introduction of new services and facilities and, of most significance, the change in focus at a national level.
In 2008, the Waste Minimisation Act came into law, followed by a complete overhaul of the New Zealand Waste Strategy in 2010.
The new legislation required all territorial authorities to conduct a waste assessment in their districts and to review their operative waste management and minimisation plans. For DCC, this is the Resource Recovery and Waste Management Strategy (RRWMS). Following a review of our progress, we have clarified our position and established the direction we wish to take in this area - the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (the Plan) sets out the pathway.
This Plan, which was informed by the waste assessment 2012, capitalises on what we already know and do well, but it also identifies and addresses areas where we can improve. The Plan also casts the net wider than just the DCC’s facilities and services, taking an overarching perspective of the city and encouraging engagement and participation from individuals and organisations.
The Plan presents an opportunity to consider how we ( the DCC, waste and diverted material operators, businesses, and individuals) work together so Dunedin can have a zero waste future.
Our Plan supports a collaborative approach to strengthen working relationships – in order to achieve zero waste all parties need to work together purposefully.
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