Territorial authorities in New Zealand, such as the Kāpiti Coast District Council, are required under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 to promote effective and efficient waste management and waste reduction practices within their district.
Council regularly commissions audits of the make up of waste being disposed of to landfill from the District, using methodologies based on the Ministry for the Environment's Solid Waste Analysis Protocol 2002 (SWAP).
The data from these audits has allowed Council to:
- monitor changes in the waste stream over time
- identify new waste minimisation initiatives
- and assess the effectiveness of existing initiatives.
Read the 2017 SWAP survey – Composition of waste in Kāpiti Coast District – 2017