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Appendix 2: Potential Action List

As we developed the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, we identified potential actions that could progress the Plan towards its objectives.

Implementing the Plan

New or expanded activities, which may need more investigation or analysis, will be presented and consulted on during the Annual Plan process, starting on 2014/15. Any significant change would be notified in the DCC’s Long Term Plan.

Potential actions may accompany reviews which have been cited in the Plan or in other DCC strategies and plans (eg the development of a DCC procurement policy that promotes sustainable purchasing practices).

Other actions listed are existing activities which will continue to receive support from the DCC but which may or may not benefit from improvements or collaboration to ensure a high standard of service is maintained.

In either case, potential actions must undergo due process before they are adopted, as some may not prove efficient or effective to implement or alternatives may be presented.

The list of potential actions appended to this Plan has been provided for your information.

If you wish to provide feedback on the potential action list, you may do so on the submission form where indicated. We will consider your feedback as specific actions are developed.

How potential actions align with the Plan

The Plan’s objectives, policies and methods have been provided for context, and the potential actions listed.

Objective 1: All DCC Policies and Plans clearly align with the vision, goals, guiding principles and objectives of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

Policy: Account is taken of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan during the preparation of DCC Policies and Plans.

Method:

  • The Waste Management and Minimisation Plan is implemented across the organisation via the DCC Strategic Advisory Sub-Group.

Action:

  • DCC’s Solid Waste team will provide support, training and advice to other Council staff to embed waste minimisation systems and practices.

Method:

  • The Dunedin City District Plan recognises the storage and access needs in the provision of services and land use i.e. the management of best practice cleanfill operations in relation to city earthworks.

Action:

  • The DCC’s Solid Waste team will work with the Dunedin City District Planners to address issues and demands that were identified in the waste assessment with regard to providing adequate provisions for waste and diverted material services and facilities.
    Investigate establishing an internal notification system to alert the Solid Waste team of new subdivisions, urban developments and non-residential areas for:
    a) inclusion into the DCC’s kerbside collection service via the Code of Subdivision;
    b) to ensure sufficient road access to properties for collection service vehicles is planned for;
    c) to ensure that sufficient space is provided for the sanitary provision refuse and recycling bins in accordance with section G13 of the New Zealand Building Code;”
  • Consider provisions be developed within the second generation District Plan which regulate filling material for earthwork developments to comply with Ministry for Environment cleanfill guidelines acceptance criteria.

Policy: Each DCC activity is accountable for managing resources and minimising waste in accordance with the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

Method:

  • Each DCC activity will report annually on their waste minimisation activity.

Action:

  • Further investigate forming ‘Green Teams’ to progressively conduct annual waste audits within each DCC activity area, reporting on results and assisting managers and staff to embed waste minimisation systems and practice within their areas of responsibly.

Method:

  • Develop and adopt a DCC purchasing policy that supports the reduction of waste and increased resource efficiency

Action:

  • Investigate the use of providing incentives to DCC contractors that reduce waste, re-use, recycle or recover materials wherever possible.
  • Investigate prioritising suppliers of products and services that can clearly demonstrate resource efficient practices via an externally verified audit of their environmental management system.
  • Investigate choosing or requesting suppliers take-back, re-use or recycle their products at the end of the products useful life where appropriate e.g. ewaste
  • Consider stipulating in future service contracts for diverted material, preference be given to local/on-shore processors and markets which retain or add value to the material collected

Policy: Review and adopt a Solid Waste Bylaw under Section 56 of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008

Method:

  • License waste and diverted material collectors to enable reporting on the quantity, type and destination of waste and diverted material

Action:

  • Advocate to Ministry for the Environment that district waste quantity, composition data collected from landfill operators be provided to Territorial Authorities for strategic planning purposes.
  • Investigate the requirement for waste and diverted material collectors to provide authorised certification of ethical recycling practice and an auditable trace on recyclables under license via the DCC’s Solid Waste Bylaw.

Method:

  • The DCC will report City waste and diverted material information and data to the community annually.

Action:

  • Investigate channels in which to consolidate data collected from DCC facilities and services with data received from licenced commercial operators for reporting purposes.

Objective 2: The community has access to services for diverted material.

Policy: The DCC will continue to provide a kerbside collection service for diverted material which caters to a growing resident population, recognises the specific demands of our district demographic, and is inclusive of small businesses on collection routes.

Method:

  • Continue and extend the DCC’s kerbside collection service area for recycling into selected areas.

Action:

  • Develop a protocol for the DCC’s collection recycling service to be extended to include schools, community halls and businesses offering to accommodate space and take host responsibility for a public places drop-off facility.
  • Evaluate the benefits of providing additional glass recycling bins at a discounted price to students at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Investigate increasing the frequency of kerbside collection services for glass in the campus area.

Method:

  • Provide residents in the central business district and South Dunedin retail area with a DCC collection service for recyclables.

Action:

  • Investigate forming a business consortium to gauge interest and support for shared (commercial/residential) service agreements for multi-tenanted buildings
  • Investigate formalising a DCC contract for the collection of recyclables from central activity areas which removes material collection from city pavements and regulates the time of day collection takes place to avoid traffic congestion.

Method:

  • The DCC will continue to monitor the demand for, and benefits of, providing a kerbside collection service for organic waste.

Action:

  • Develop better record keeping practices for customer enquires related to organic waste collection services, information and data on organic waste collection services provided elsewhere both nationally and internationally.

Objective 3: The community has access to facilities for diverted material.

Policy: The DCC will increase the capability and capacity of its resource recovery facilities.

Method:

  • The DCC will continue to develop DCC owned Resource Recovery Centres at Green Island and Waikouaiti

Action:

  • Investigate the costs and benefits of relocating the Green Island Transfer Station to provide a larger area for further development of the Resource Recovery Park.

Method:

  • The DCC will provide outlying communities, distanced from a Resource Recovery Centre, with drop-off collection facilities for diverted material which community members manage and maintain under agreed terms with the DCC.

Action:

  • Pilot public places drop-off facility in Middlemarch with the view of expanding to other suitable areas

Method: The DCC will work in collaboration with businesses, not-for-profit organisations and existing resource recovery facility operators to establish a network of Resource Recovery Centres for the collection of diverted material.

Action: Engage businesses and not-for-profit organisations in dialogue about expanding available collection points for diverted material.

Policy: The DCC will continue to enlarge a network of public places recycling bin facilities to areas identified as community hubs or tourist hot spots and in line with city development and planning.

Method:

  • The DCC will continue to support the national ‘LoveNZ recycle with care’ brand and engage stakeholder participation

Action:

  • Identify urban areas earmarked for future development and plan for the introduction of public places recycling bins which may replace existing litter bins in some cases.
  • Investigate potential collaborations in view of enlarging the network of public places recycling bin facilities to meet a growing demand from the community and visitor expectations.
  • Develop a ‘Waste Management and Minimisation Toolkit for Events’ to assist event organisers with the planning and management of public places recycling at events.
  • Investigate working collaboratively with stakeholders to establish public places recycling bin infrastructure in malls, supermarkets, service stations, on campus, at event venues and in other public places.

Objective 4: The community has access to services for waste management.

Policy: The community continues to receive a kerbside collection service for waste.

Method:

  • The DCC extends the kerbside waste collection service into new areas.

Action:

  • Investigate the costs and benefits of various household kerbside waste collection services models

Method:

  • The DCC maintains collection and maintenance contracts for servicing the city’s litter bins.

Action:

  • Prepare an internal litter bin servicing and maintenance procedure outlining roles and responsibilities and service level agreements for contracts.

Method:

  • The DCC will collect illegally dumped waste deposited on public land under collection contracts.

Action:

  • Prepare a procedure for the collection of illegally dumped waste, outlining roles and responsibilities and service level agreements for contracts.

Objective 5: The community has access to well managed waste disposal facilities.

Policy: Dunedin waste disposal facilities remain operational until the expiry of current consents

Method:

  • The DCC will ensure all resource consent requirements for DCC owned operational waste facilities are complied with and kept current in line with both regional and district plans.

Action:

  • Make continual improvements to auditing procedures and reports to ensure DCC owned landfill facilities are operated safely and in line with consent conditions.

Method:

  • The DCC will continue to meet its statutory obligations under the New Zealand Emission Trading Scheme.

Action:

  • Develop communication material to inform the public of the implications of the Emissions Trading Scheme for landfill operators, the associated charges and what measures are being taken to reduce the economic and environmental effects of landfill gas emissions.
  • Investigate setting a fixed charge for New Zealand Emissions Units to be included in the per tonne general waste to landfill gate charge with any surplus put towards waste minimisation initiatives.

Method:

  • The DCC will investigate landfill disposal options in readiness for the closure of Dunedin landfills.

Action:

  • Investigate the cost benefits of all available options for the safe and affordable landfill disposal of Dunedin’s waste prior to the closure of Green Island Landfill.

Method:

  • The DCC will provide transfer station facilities at Waikouaiti following landfill closure in 2016.

Action:

  • Gather detailed information and data about waste and diverted material quantity and composition at the Waikouaiti Landfill to ensure adequate provision of containers is planned for the collection of waste and diverted material prior to landfill closure.

Policy: The DCC will use economic drivers to minimise waste to landfill.

Method:

  • The DCC will review and set gate charges for DCC owned waste facilities annually, ensuring that the true costs associated with landfill operations, future closure and aftercare are recovered via user charges.

Action:

  • Continue to apply a user pays waste to landfill gate charge at DCC waste facilities and review annually.
  • Review the waste to landfill charging model at both Waikouaiti Landfill and Middlemarch Transfer Station in view of reducing the general rates contribution.
  • Continue communicating the DCC’s waste facilities pricing structure to the customer via on-site signage, staff and the DCC website.

Method:

  • The DCC will continue to evaluate all available options for deriving beneficial use of sludges and bio-solids.

Action:

  • Continually monitor advances in technology that can effectively and efficiently add value to sludge’s and bio-solids.

Objective 6: Hazardous waste is managed in accordance with good practice.

Policy: The DCC will continue to support national regulation for the storage, collection, treatment and disposal of hazardous waste and, where deemed necessary, regulate to protect the environment from identified hazardous waste products or practices not currently regulated.

Method:

  • The DCC will work collaboratively with the Otago Regional Council to ensure standards for the safe treatment and disposal of hazardous waste are managed and monitored in accordance with current legislation, regulation and best practice guidelines.

Action:

  • Continually make improvements to systems and procedures for recording hazardous waste entering Green Island Landfill, conducting spot audits on commercial loads to ensure compliance with landfill acceptance criteria is being met.
  • Develop the DCC’s Solid Waste Bylaw to licence private operators to report on the quantity, type and destination of hazardous material being transported within the district.

Method:

  • The The DCC will investigate options for the collection of hazardous household waste chemicals.

Action:

  • Investigate subsidising the collection costs for household chemicals alongside scheduled collection events.
  • Investigate the further establishment of drop-off sites for unwanted household chemicals.

Method:

  • The The DCC will utilise provisions of the Solid Waste Bylaw to ban problematic and/or hazardous products from landfill disposal.

Action:

  • Review waste facility acceptance criteria annually, ensuring problematic and/hazardous products banned from landfill disposal are enforced by waste facility operators and waste and diverted material transporters under licence conditions.
  • Investigate using the Solid Waste Bylaw to place a levy on specially identified problematic products to assist with the cost of recycling and/or to reduce the consumption of these products.

Objective 7: All operating Cleanfill sites in Dunedin have been identified and are operating in accordance with industry good practice.

Policy: The DCC will work collaboratively with the Otago Regional Council to strengthen consent regulations for operating cleanfill sites

Method:

  • The DCC supports a review of the Otago Regional Council’s Regional Plan ‘Waste’ for Otago.

Action:

  • Develop a working relationship with the Otago Regional Council to identify and monitor the operation of cleanfill sites.
  • Advocate the Ministry for the Environment strengthen its cleanfill guidelines, further defining cleanfill material acceptance criteria and an acceptable level of contamination.

Objective 8: Dunedin communities and learning agencies are actively engaged in zero waste education and are empowered to act with local initiative.

Policy: The DCC will ensure zero waste education is accessible and available to learning agencies and community groups.

Method:

  • The Enviroschools programme is jointly supported and gets funding from the Otago Regional Council for regional co-ordination in addition to funding from DCC for local facilitation.

Action:

  • Advocate for the Otago Regional Council support the regional facilitation of the Enviroschools programme.
  • Advocate a holistic approach to the local facilitation of education for sustainability programmes is upheld, meaning the local facilitators of Enviroschools and the Sustainable Living programme are supported and resourced across the related DCC activity areas.

Method:

  • DCC staff and contracted facilitators will work with community groups to deliver zero waste educational programmes.

Action:

  • Investigate the best use of waste levy funds to support the delivery of waste minimisation education within communities.
  • Investigate providing a subsidy towards the set up of a home-based composting system to the participants of DCC’s supported composing workshops.
  • Educate the community about the ‘polluter pays principle’ which supports the use of user pays refuse bags and the benefits of waste minimisation.

Policy: The DCC will ensure zero waste action is promoted within communities.

Method:

  • The DCC will encourage members of the community to practice waste minimisation in their homes and neighbourhoods and support the development of community-led initiatives that make beneficial use of diverted materials locally.

Action:

  • Prepare a guidance document for organisers of Community Clean-up Day events to support organisers through the event planning, implementation, reporting and evaluation stages.
  • Investigate providing waste levy grants to the organisers of Community Clean-up Days, assessed on application, which promote and/or achieve waste minimisation or an increase in material diversion.
  • Investigate making waste levy grants available, assessed on application, for community-led projects that empower neighbourhoods to minimise waste or make effective use of diverted material locally.
  • Investigate providing waste levy grants, assessed on application, for neighbourhood-based organic material collection, composting, waste to energy or food rescue initiatives.
  • Prepare a competition to encourage innovative ideas that minimise waste within the community and award good ideas.

Objective 9: Dunedin businesses minimise waste, are resource-efficient and demonstrate innovation which grows or attracts sustainable market opportunities to the city.

Policy: The DCC encourages and supports businesses to minimise waste and promotes both resource efficiency practice, product design and a cyclic economy.

Method:

  • The DCC will develop and/or deliver a cleaner production programme for businesses to assist businesses improve organisational performance

Action:

  • Investigate hosting an online resource toolbox for businesses that enables easy access to information, outlining the assistance DCC staff can offer, assessment tools, reference guides, case studies, articles and links to external websites.

Policy: The DCC will partner or form working relationships with industry, businesses and neighbouring councils to support or incentivise initiatives and developments that will increase the quantity and range of diverted material able to be collected and processed in the region.

Method:

  • The DCC will facilitate and fund ‘Business for Change’ meetings regularly to incubate ideas and identify potential business opportunities that will efficiently and effectively minimise waste and/or recover resources.

Action:

  • Continually seek out opportunities and partnerships to increase resource recovery capability for the efficient management of diverted material locally.

Method:

  • The DCC will assess, partner, endorse or support Waste Levy Contestable Fund applications which minimise waste and/or add value to recovered materials with the potential to create local employment opportunities.

Action:

  • Investigate facilitating networking opportunities in view of working collaboratively with business clusters, associations and other agencies to identify innovative solutions or product designs that minimise waste, increase material diversion and/or add value to recovered resources.
  • Promote widely successful innovative business solutions, products and services which have added value to recovered resources, reduced or eliminated waste.
  • Continue to evaluate and endorse business cases going forward that develop products or services that minimise waste or add value to recovered resources in support of applications to the contestable waste levy fund.

Method:

  • The DCC will work collaboratively with central Government, other councils, industry, businesses, associations and the community to establish, encourage and support the realisation of product stewardship initiatives.

Action:

  • Continue to support and promote product stewardship initiatives and services widely to the public via the DCC website and other communication channels.
  • “Advocate that central Government mandate priority product stewardship status for products that are problematic (ie are harmful to the environment and/or public health or represent a gross inefficient use of resources) via the Ministry for the Environment and Local Government New Zealand Zone 6.

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