Solid waste bylaw review
This year we are reviewing the Kāpiti Coast District Council’s Solid Waste Bylaw 2010. Solid waste refers to rubbish, recycling and litter.
After 10 years of the current bylaw, we’re reviewing it (as required by legislation) to make sure it is fit for purpose for the next 10 years.
The proposed Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw updates the current bylaw to ensure it is relevant, future proof and consistent with other bylaws around the region. In 2017, Council adopted the Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) which provides Kāpiti with a regionally consistent plan on waste minimisation for the benefit of our communities, our local economies, and the environment.
This bylaw will help provide regionally consistent management of:
- the negative impacts of waste on the environment
- waste activities in the public space
- health and safety protections for the public and those involved in waste management.
The legislative requirements, issues, options, and process being followed are outlined in the Statement of Proposal for the draft Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2020.
Formal public consultation closed on 11 September 2020.
The main changes in the proposed bylaw will help Kāpiti achieve its waste reduction target by allowing Council to act on particular issues relating to:
- Multi-unit dwellings: The proposed bylaw requires planning for waste management in all multi-unit developments (10 or more residential units) to provide adequate areas for storing and collecting of all waste and recycling.
- Unaddressed mail: the proposed bylaw prohibits leaving unaddressed mail or advertising materials in non-stickered letterboxes that are already full, in stickered letterboxes (marked 'no circulars', 'no junk mail', or similar), and on any vehicle parked in a public place. There are exceptions for public notices from the Government, and different types of information from community organisations and charities.
- Waste from large public events: Under the current Solid Waste Bylaw 2010, Council may require event organisers to submit waste minimisation plans for their events. The proposed bylaw makes this mandatory for all large events (1000+ people).
- Introduction of waste management plans for buildings/developments over the coming years: Waste from construction and demolition activities can be a significant issue. The proposed bylaw allows Council to require waste management and minimisation plans for construction projects over a certain value. This requirement would be implemented after consultation with the sector.
Your submission, and those of other submitters, will help inform and finalise the new Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2020.
Solid Waste Bylaw review – timeline:
7 August–11 September 2020Formal public consultation
12 Sept–28 Oct 2020Analysis of feedback
29 October 2020Hearing of submissions
November 2020Amendments following submissions
10 December 2020Adoption of Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw
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