The DCC has an important role in minimising waste over and above the provision of waste management and minimisation facilities and services.
As regulator, the DCC has powers under section 8 of the Local Government Act 2002 to make bylaws. The WMA section 56 gives the DCC additional powers to regulate the deposit, collection and transportation of waste. This includes the authority to license collectors and transporters of waste, requiring the reporting of quantity, type and destination of waste collected and transported under licence.
It is also important that the DCC practises the waste minimisation behaviour it espouses in its Plan. This demonstrates good corporate citizenship, accountability for resource consumption and provides all the benefits of operating as a resource efficient organisation. The DCC can also encourage business best practice waste minimisation by considering the issues and opportunities within its supply chain.
The DCC will seek purposeful engagement and dialogue with other regional, city and district councils, private waste and diverted material operators and the community so that a collaborative response ensures the adequate future provision of waste and diverted material facilities and services.
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