Waste and recycling services will cost Auckland Council approximately $90 million in 2012/13 ($65 million in rates-charging, $25 million in disposer-pays charges and waste levy funding). The cost of the proposed actions in the plan
is around $30 million, bringing the total cost of services and facilities to $120 million (excluding any costs for the Emissions Trading Scheme).
A key objective of introducing disposer-pays is to make people more accountable for the waste they produce. The suite of services offered in this plan is forecast to have minimal rates impact region-wide and minimal impact on total cost of waste services to households. Households that respond to waste minimisation programmes and increase their use of recycling and organic waste services should have lower costs for their council-provided waste services.
Cost estimates in this plan are based on the premise that 90 per cent of properties in the region come under the same system (disposer-pays refuse, private-good-funded recycling, private-good-funded organic collections). Estimates would be subject to change depending on the council’s market share of each activity within the system.
The following table provides a comparison of the domestic waste and recycling systems the council could provide and their potential impact on waste reduction and rates across the region.
- Options 2-11 include a biennial inorganic collection (an added $3 million annually over the status quo baseline).
- Other inorganic options for consideration willadjust the rates funding in the above optionsby the following:
- annual collection requires an additional$3 million over the biennial budget baseline
- a booking system will reduce the biennialbudget requirement by $2.4 million
- a further hybrid option for Waitakere, Rodney and Franklin areas as booking systems with the remainder as biennial will reduce the requirement by $0.3 million.
- The waste reduction targets reflect participation rates which will be achieved after three years of operation. The rate funding above reflects lower initial participation rates.
- Options 5–7 recognise that the green waste component currently in refuse can be further reduced by education and working with industry.
- The impact of the Emissions Trading Schemeand growth have not been factored in.
The figures are estimates only. Preparation of both the Auckland Council Waste Assessment and this plan has relied on information from multiple sources including SWAP analyses from former councils, the Auckland Regional Council Waste Stocktake and Strategic Assessment 2009, permits, contracts, consents and annual reports. The accuracy of these sources is contingent on the best information available at the time, and the degree of disclosure from the waste industry.
Financial analysis and modelling has relied on the best financial information available at the time of producing this plan.
The proposed way forward with a rigorous analytical stepped process with continuous validation of data and peer review will mitigate the potential for discrepancies/errors in further waste management and minimisation planning.