Every year Aucklanders send more than 1.6 million tonnes of waste to landfills. Organic waste in landfills creates methane (a greenhouse gas), and recyclable material in landfills represents a lost business opportunity.
The current rules around waste are set out in Te Ture Ā Para Māro 2012 / Solid Waste Bylaw 2012.
We want to create a new bylaw to:
- better manage and minimise waste
- protect the public from health and safety risks
- manage the use of council-controlled public spaces.
The Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw will help achieve the nine key actions set out in the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.
What the new bylaw does
We propose that the new bylaw:
- requires people to deposit and dispose of waste appropriately
- requires waste collectors and operators of waste management facilities, resource recovery facilities and donation collection bins to obtain a licence from council (although there will be some exceptions)
- aligns the definition of cleanfill with the Auckland Unitary Plan, which may require some previously exempt waste management facilities to obtain a licence
- requires a waste management and minimisation plan for all trading, events, and filming that takes place in a council-controlled public place
- requires a waste management and minimisation plan for any existing or planned multi-unit developments (although there will be some exceptions)
- clarifies the rules to minimise the potential for shopping trolleys and unaddressed mail to become waste. If your business is involved in the existing shopping trolley industry accord, it will still be exempt (as long as the accord is renewed).
We are also proposing amendments to the Trading and Events in Public Places Bylaw 2015 to clarify the requirement for waste plans in certain situations.
What the new bylaw doesn't cover
- Illegal dumping and litter - these are covered by the Litter Act 1979.
- Inorganic rubbish collections - you can read more about the booked on-site service on the Inorganic collections page.
- The new landfill in Dome Valley - you can read more about landfills on the Landfill page.
- Harmful substances discharged into the public wastewater system - this is covered by the Trade Waste Bylaw 2013.
- Food scrap collection targeted rates - these are covered in the Annual Budget.
When you can have your say
We want to know your thoughts on the proposed Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2019 and amendments to the Trading and Events in Public Places Bylaw 2015.
You can have your say from Friday 10 May 2019 to Sunday 16 June 2019.
To find out how to have your say through the online form or at an event, see the Ways to have your say page.
What happens next?
All of the feedback will be considered by a panel at a public meeting at the Auckland Town Hall, 301 Queen Street. This will take place on Friday 2 August 2019 from 9.30am to 4.30pm.
The panel will use the feedback to make recommendations on the proposal. This will be presented to the Governing Body at its meeting on 22 August 2019.
You can attend and listen to the deliberations at both of these meetings, but there will not be an opportunity to have your say.
You can do this online or at one of the drop-in sessions, which you can find on the Ways to have your say page.
A summary of all the feedback will be made available on this page.