Waste Assessments and Waste Management Planning

Waste management and minimisation planning is a statutory requirement under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, which requires periodic Waste Assessments, plan review and determine revised or renewed Waste management and minimisation plans as required. Effective waste management planning relies on the availability of accurate information and data. The MWH team has been heavily involved in all parts of the assessment and planning cycle including:

  • gathering and interpreting data
  • assessing waste and resource recovery infrastructure
  • reviewing demands
  • identifying and rationalising options.

The experience highlighted below involved forecasting the demands of existing waste services and infrastructure, while reviewing existing waste compositional data.

Waste1Nelson Tasman Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP)

Client: Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council

MWH assisted with the preparation of a joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan for the two local authorities, as required by the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. As part of this project a working party was set up with a representative from each Council to discuss the key issues raised in the waste assessment, and to agree goals, policies, objectives and methods for the WMMP.

MWH provided guidance to the working party and facilitated the working party meetings to ensure that the tight deadlines were met. MWH also drafted the WMMP throughout the process, bringing different sections back to the working party to discuss and agree.  This approach meant that the WMMP was adopted by each Council in a timely manner.

Key Staff: John Cocks, Kathryn Halder

Waste2Hasting and Napier Joint Waste Assessment

Client: Napier City Council and Hastings District Council

Hastings District and Napier City Councils presently have a joint Solid Waste Management Plan. As part of its review as required by the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, the Councils commissioned MWH in 2010 to undertake a joint Waste Assessment of the Councils’ waste management and minimisation functions.  This led to an update of the joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

MWH provided the Councils with a list of the information required to complete the Waste Assessment in accordance with the Act. The information was collated by Council staff and sent to MWH for compiling into the Waste Assessment. In addition, MWH contacted local private enterprise service providers to obtain information on diverted material quantities.

Key Staff: Phil Landmark, Kathryn Halder 

Tasman_Richmond Recyling Centre (2)Horowhenua Waste Assessment and Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

Client: Horowhenua District Council

MWH assisted with the programme management of the waste review programme, carrying out a waste assessment and preparing a waste management and minimisation plan.  The work was done to comply with the Waste Minimisation Act 2008

MWH was responsible for liaison with Council staff, assessment of the district waste minimisation initiatives, development of a draft waste assessment, and the development of a draft WMMP.

Key Staff: Phil Landmark, Kathryn Halder

Waste3Waste Assessment

Client: Waimakariri District Council (WDC)

MWH was engaged in 2011 to undertake a waste assessment in line with the requirements of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. This work is currently under way. MWH will also complete the review of WDC’s existing Waste Management Plan and support the client to develop a new WMMP.

MWH worked with WDC’s Solid Waste Officer to undertake the waste assessment. As part of the project MWH’s  tasks included: tracking waste flows from both Council and private services, assessment of future demand for the District, summarising issues relating to waste and diverted material and development and assessment of options to complete the waste assessment.

Key Staff: John Cocks

Waste4Waste Assessment

Client: Rangitikei District Council

In 2009, MWH carried out a waste assessment for Rangitikei District Council to form the first part of a review of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, and to comply with the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

MWH provided a draft waste assessment that was presented by officers to the Council, and as a result key decisions were made regarding future waste management options.

Key Staff: John Cocks, Phil Landmark