This action plan draws on the strategic context of Part A to determine specific actions and programmes, and is focused on the long-term aspirational goal of Zero Waste by 2040. As noted in section 2.1, Part A, the vision of the waste management and minimisation plan (WMMP) for the city is supported by the strategic objectives below.
“To become the most liveable city in the world, Auckland will aim for the long-term, aspirational goal of Zero Waste by 2040, turning its waste into resources.”
- reduce Auckland’s reliance on landfills
- achieve operational efficiencies in domestic waste and recycling services
- reduce harm from waste
- restrict organic waste going to landfill
- develop infrastructure and processes to maximise resource recovery
- reduce the council’s responsibility for dealing with end-of-life consumer products and packaging through appropriate advocacy
- maximise local economic development opportunities (e.g. jobs created by diverting waste from landfill)
- reduce litter and illegal dumping and related costs.
Given the opportunity to reduce the average content of refuse bins or bags, the short to medium-term target is:
- to reduce domestic kerbside refuse by 30 per cent by 2018. This means reducing domestic kerbside refuse to landfill from 160kg per person, per year to 110kg per person, per year by 2018 subject to the full range of services in this plan being implemented.
The council will mirror this reduction by undertaking:
- to reduce the generation of its own in-house waste by 30 per cent per capita by 2018 from 2012 baseline tonnages.
Depending on collaborative programmes with the private sector and the outcome of discussions with the waste industry, the following medium to
long-term (15 years) target is:
- to reduce total waste to landfill (including council and private-sector-influenced waste) by 30 per cent by 2027 from a baseline of 0.8 tonnes per capita.