As discussed in part A of this waste management and minimisation plan (WMMP), the formation of Auckland Council represents both a significant challenge and a unique opportunity for waste minimisation in the region. Part A shows how the present system is structurally unlikely to deliver the waste reduction outcomes required under the council’s new strategic direction, and central government legislation. A step change is required. To this end, this plan includes the following actions as the best means of charting a course towards Zero Waste.
The actions have been developed to ensure that waste management and minimisation is effective and efficient, and reduces potential for public harm, as required by the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 (WMA). By adhering to the waste hierarchy model, the actions will also maximise the economic potential of the Auckland region’s waste stream.
Under the plan, actions will be implemented over a short to medium timeframe. They will drive changes in behaviour, efficiencies in waste management and, ultimately, a significant reduction in waste per capita. They will not only align waste and recycling outcomes with legislative requirements, but will also help Auckland reach its goal of becoming one of the most liveable cities in the world.
Sections 3.1 and 3.2 list the full range of actions the council will take towards its short to medium and long-term goals – with a brief detail/description, funding method and timeframe for implementation added.
Actions fall into two broad categories:
- policy and operations
- communications and waste minimisation programmes.
Policy and operations actions describe how the council will change and implement services across the region. Communications and waste minimisation programmes actions provide the support needed to ensure the success of the changes, along with ongoing programmes for businesses, schools, and the community.