Waitakere passes innovative standardizing
New Zealand— Waitakere City
passed a new bylaw that is regarded as the most progressive waste
minimization program ever proposed by local government.
The council has joined forces
with North Shore City to formally address all aspects of the region’s
waste, including collection and disposal, “scavenging”
of inorganic rubbish, the distribution of unsolicited mail, waste
management facilities and waste collection operations.
The changes replace the Councils’
existing waste bylaw, which they had a statutory obligation to
review by 2008.
The main objective of the bylaw
is to standardize the city’s waste management activities
and support a number of national waste initiatives and central
government legislation, which include the New Zealand Waste Strategy
(a joint effort between the Ministry for the Environment and Local
Government New Zealand), “Zero Waste” policies, the
Litter Act, Health Act, and Local Government Act.
Levies and licenses summary:
Businesses and individuals involved in waste collection, transportation
and disposal will be required to obtain a license. The councils
will enter into consultation early next year to determine what
levies may be required. Rationale: The aim is to make people more
responsible for the rubbish they generate. The user pays for the
rising costs of disposing of rubbish.
Inorganic collections & scavenging
summary: It will be an offense to remove inorganic waste placed
out for collection if: 1) it is repeatedly being taken for the
purpose of resale or commercial gain; or 2) it is removed in a
manner likely to cause injury; or 3) it is scattered, damaged
or broken in such a fashion that it could become a nuisance.
Distributing unaddressed, unsolicited
material This part of the bylaw will not become operational until
July 1, 2006. The Council is working closely with the Marketing
Association to develop a national code of practice aimed at regulating
the distribution of unsolicited advertising material based on
these guidelines. If the outcome of this code meets the council’s
expectations then this part of the bylaw may be revoked.
A recent analysis of Waitakere
City street litter shows that 16.6% is junk mail. The analysis
also shows that the junk mail content of litter increases by a
massive 33% on the day it is delivered, costing councils tens
of thousands of ratepayer dollars to clean up the mess.
Managing waste at special events
summary: Special event organizers will need to produce a waste
management plan when applying for consent to use a public place
to host a special event.
The bylaw also covers other areas,
including the use of public litter and recycle bins, and the provision
of waste management plans for multi-unit properties that have
been granted building consent after July 1, 2006.