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Summary of future demands

The Waste Assessment identified areas for improvement and made forecasts of demands for the future provision of waste management and minimisation services and facilities in Dunedin.

A demand means a current or potential future need for a waste or diverted material service or other activities in a district. For example:

  • A current demand for waste disposal services is met by the kerbside collection services, transfer station services and the landfill services.
  • A future potential demand may be identified in relation to construction and demolition waste and diverting more material for use as resource (e.g. wood, plastics, steel). Such future potential demand may require additional services, which could be provided by the private sector or by the DCC.

A future demand may be considered in terms of:

  • Minimising the generation of waste and diverted material
  • Increasing our capability to capture a greater range of quality diverted materials

The DCC’s core waste and diverted material facilities and services

Waste and diverted material facilities
Facility Demand Comment
Green Island Landfill
Green Island Transfer Station
Green Island Resource Recovery Centre
Continued demand
Continued demand
Increasing demand
Consented to operate until 2023. The lack of data from the neighbouring private landfill operator hinders the DCC’s strategic planning for the future forecast demand for waste facilities.
This site is reaching capacity and requires development to respond to the demand for the drop-off of diverted material.
Waikouaiti Landfill
Waikouaiti Resource Recovery Centre
Continued demand
Continued demand
Preparations are underway for the closure of Waikouaiti Landfill with provision being made for a transfer station at this site.
A well-used community facility with the potential to expand.
Middlemarch Transfer Station
Middlemarch Resource Recovery Centre
Continued demand
Increasing demand for resource recovery facility
Improvements can be made that would increase the efficiency of operation at this site.
The existing resource recovery facility provides limited opportunity to divert material.
Refuse bag kerbside collection services Diminishing demand The purchase of the DCC’s official refuse bags is in decline as consumers opt for wheelie bin collection services.
Diverted material kerbside collection service Increasing demand The quantity of diverted material collected from kerbside has been steadily increasing since the introduction of the new service in early 2011.
Regular enquiries are received for a DCC recycling collection service from residents living in the central business precinct and the South Dunedin shopping precinct.
Zero waste education Continued demand There is both interest in and a need for information and guidance to support behavioural change towards zero waste systems and practice within our community.

Private operators primary waste and diverted material facilities and services

The decision making process

The decision-making process took into account national drivers, population trends, available waste and diverted material data, level of community interest and engagement, existing and desirable capabilities and resource requirements for Dunedin.

Private operator waste and diverted material facilities
Facility Demand Comment
Fairfield Landfill Continuing demand Consented to operate until 2018 following which time it is thought to be closing. Accepts commercial quantities of waste only via the gate. It is not known exactly how much waste goes to this facility or where it will go following closure.
Wickliffe Street Transfer Station
Wickliffe Street Resource Recovery Centre
Continuing demand
Continuing demand
Receives both domestic and small commercial loads of waste which is then transported to the Fairfield Landfill for disposal.
Collection bins provided for recyclable material and a small re-use store is on site.
Fullcircle Recycling Material Recovery Facility Continuing demand For the sorting and baling of diverted material in preparation for recycling markets.
Interwaste Waste Treatment Facility and Services Continuing demand For the collection and treatment of hazardous and medical wastes.
Commercial waste collection services various Continuing demand Skip and bin services for the collection of waste from commercial businesses. This is sent to either the Green Island or Fairfield Landfill facilities.
Commercial diverted material collection services Growing demand Anecdotal evidence suggests greater demand for commercial diverted material services are not yet being met by current processing or collection capability in Dunedin. This includes ewaste, organics and construction and demolition material.
Drivers Comment
National legislation, regulations and policy The DCC must manage and minimise waste in accordance with central Government policy, taking guidance and direction from the Ministry for the Environment.
The DCC’s commitment to a zero waste future In the certain knowledge that the world’s resources are becoming increasingly scarce, the DCC will act within its jurisdiction to progress towards zero waste.
Population growth Waste and diverted material services and facilities need to cater for increasing demand as Dunedin’s population grows.
Demographics Waste and diverted material services cater for a diverse community, in particular Dunedin’s ageing population and transient student population.
Community expectations The DCC continually strives to improve its level of service to the satisfaction of, and in consultation with, the community.
Consumer behaviour As it relates to market demand and product life cycle, from purchase to disposal, and availability of product stewardship initiatives.

Other considerations

Drivers Comment
A lack of data Improving reporting to the DCC from private operators for strategic planning purposes.
Affordability Ensuring access to waste and diverted material services and facilities is affordable and encourages waste minimisation.
Building capability Reducing dependence on services and material markets outside Dunedin, and working collaboratively to find effective and efficient solutions.
Networks and collaborations Identifying where a lack of collaboration reduced the effectiveness or efficient delivery of waste minimisation initiatives and education programmes and where gains could be made by strengthening working relationships and support networks.
The use of waste levy funds The most appropriate and effective allocation of funding.
Resource requirements Where addition resources are needed.
Economic conditions As it relates to consumption and disposal patterns eg confident spending on goods and services or, conversely, the frugal retention of resources.
The waste hierarchy The decisions about priority actions were supported in part by the waste hierarchy.
The waste hierarchy provided strategic guidance by clearly identifying the order of importance when considering waste management and minimisation protocols.

The review of the DCC’s Resource Recovery and Waste Management Strategy

SMART objectives Reviewed set targets in line with realistic measures.
Progress towards target Had target been achieved, the methods are on-going, or had ceased to be relevant.
Relevance Which methods were still relevant, needed amending or ceased to be relevant in the development of the Plan.
The four community wellbeings The extent to which each method contributes positively, negatively or neutrally on economic, social, cultural and environmental conditions in Dunedin in accordance with the purpose of the WMA.

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