- To reduce the amount of waste produced and associated disposal needs.
- To ensure that efficient and environmentally sound collection systems are available for the treatment and disposal of wastes.
Pressures and state
- The volumes of solid wastes requiring disposal in the region are increasing.
- No major landfills are operating in the region.
- There has been a slight increase in the number of incidents of illegal rubbish dumping and smoke nuisance from backyard burning of rubbish, possibly associated with the introduction of user pays disposal fees.
- Costs of transporting wastes outside the region for disposal are increasing.
- Increasing awareness of the effects of solid waste disposal has led to better disposal practices.
- All substandard disposal sites have been closed.
- Kerbside collection of recyclable materials is established in both Whangarei and Far North Districts, with substantial increases in the amount being recycled.
- All monitored operational and closed landfills met their resource consent conditions for the last five years.
- The Northland region has met the majority of targets in the New Zealand Waste Strategy where the target date has already been passed.
- Have started the promotion of cleaner production schemes with local industry.
Areas for improvement
- Currently there are significant numbers of Northlanders that do not have access to recycling facilities, particularly in the Kaipara District.
- Continue to reduce the quantities of waste going to landfill, by increasing the amount recycled or reused.
- As a region need to continue to work towards the targets in the New Zealand Waste Strategy.
- Reduce the number of incidents of illegal waste dumping and burning.
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Published: 03 Apr 2008
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