MIL OSI – Source: Far North District Council – Release/Statement
Headline: Far North District Council – Council asks for input on waste minimisation plan
Refundable deposits on drink containers and the opening of eight new recycling centres are just two proposals in a draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan council is asking for public feedback on.
The plan sets out how the Far North District can better manage and minimise its waste over the next six years and, in particular, how it can reduce the amount of waste going to landfill.
Under the proposal, council aims to reduce waste going to landfill from 300kg per person this year to 200kg by 2023. This would be around 7000 tonnes based on current landfill figures. This target is in line with the council’s vision under the Long Term Plan, which aims to reduce waste, increase recycling and promote sustainable resource management.
Mayor John Carter concedes the 200kg goal is ambitious, but says it is vital if the district is to become more sustainable. “We cannot keep building new landfills; they are expensive to operate and harmful to the environment through potential ground water contamination and the release of methane gas into the atmosphere. They are also a legacy our children and their children won’t thank us for. We need to do better, and we can do better.”
Key proposals in the plan include:
• Providing new recycling facilities at Waima, Waitangi, Oruaiti, Mangamuka, Pamapuria, Waiharara, Matawaia and Te Tii.
• Campaigning for the introduction of a national refundable deposit on drinks and other containers
• Supporting farmers, and the construction and demolition industries to reduce waste
• Encourage home composting, worm farms and the Bokashi compost method
• Establish resource recovery centres in Waipapa/Kerikeri and Russell
• Develop a regional forum to work on illegal dumping and clean ups
• Expand monitoring cameras in illegal dumping areas.
Those wanting a copy of the draft Waste Management and Minimisation Plan can download it from the FNDC website (www.fndc.govt.nz/wmp17) or obtain one from a council Service Centre. Submissions will be open until 18 April and can be made via the council’s website or at a council Service Centre.
Public hearings will be held on 28 April and council will finalise the draft plan on 11 May.