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No Time To Waste | Tiakina a Papa Mimiti te Para


We asked for your feedback on our action plan to manage and reduce waste in the District. The written feedback period is now closed. Our draft plan (below) includes our proposed actions

Between 22 October and 22 November, we asked for feedback on changes to our kerbside collections, including:

  • Sorting of recycling at the kerbside
  • Enforcing our bylaw
  • Collecting organic waste
  • Moving from bags to bins
  • Size of bins and collection frequency

We also asked for feedback on increasing education about recycling and waste reduction, supporting the Hauraki Reuse Centre, and trialing public recycling bins.

Read the documents | Pānui ngā tuhinga

Our plan summarises out vision, goals, objectives and action plan for minimising waste. Our Waste Assessment provides more detail on waste in our district, and the considerations we’ve looked at while developing our plan.

You told us what you think | Kua kōrero mai koe ōu whakaaro, tēnā rawa atu koe

Thanks for having your say! We received over 90 submissions on our draft plan.

Written feedback is now closed, but you can still contact us to book in to speak to the Council at a hearing in Paeroa on 14 December 2021.

The Council will consider all feedback on 14 December 2021, and will adopt its plan by early 2022.

We’ll update you on the decisions made in early 2022.

“We know there are plenty of people and organisations in our communities doing an amazing job of reducing waste and we’re keen to learn from them. We also want to make sure everyone has access to the tools and services they need to reduce, recycle and reuse waste so we can all do our bit to look after the environment.”
–  Mayor Toby Adams

What’s the process?

Progress - preparing a plan
Feedback opens 22 Oct
Considering feedback

Frequently asked questions

Here are some questions we get asked a lot about waste in the district. If you have questions of your own, feel free to contact us through one of our use the feedback form and we’ll answer them.

Currently, meat leftovers should be put in the official rubbish bag for landfill.

Baby wipes should be disposed of in your yellow rubbish bag, which goes to landfill. There are new alternatives on the market, such as B-DÉT, which is a foam which turns toilet paper into a wipe. The product is available in supermarkets – Toilet Paper Enhancer | BDÉT | New Zealand (b-det.com).

Yes! Every little bit you do to reduce the waste to landfill is helpful. Your actions do make a difference. Keep ensuring you only put recyclables into your recycling bins, and rinse them out.

Probably not, as long as you’re only putting recyclable items in your bin and giving them a rinse. Smart Environmental has appointed an Auditor that will be working in front of all side loaders. The Auditor will be easily identified by his PPE and the wording “Auditor” on his clothing. The Auditor is responsible to check for contamination in the yellow lidded bins. In the instance of a contaminated bin, the Auditor will sticker the bin and will have a one-on-one educational talk with the occupier of the property. The property will be flagged and if contamination of the recycle bin continues, the recycling service will be revoked for a couple of months. Unless you’re hiding non-recyclable items in your wheelie bin, as some people do, you’re probably not contaminating the recycling.
We accept plastic 1 and 2, clean cardboard and paper (with no food contact), tin/aluminium cans, and glass. If in doubt – leave it out!

Yes, as long as the collection isn’t contaminated. You can read about the process here: Let’s Talk Rubbish » Hauraki District Council (hauraki-dc.govt.nz)
Recycling companies buy the products from Smart Environmental. Here’s where different products go:
#1 plastics – Flight Plastics
#2 plastics – different markets
Paper/Cardboard – OG Fibre/Kinleith Paper
Tin – SIMS Metal Management
Aluminium – Various markets offshore (SIMS) depending on commodity demand
Hazardous Waste – Tanktest/Haz Tech
Green waste – Living Earth at Tirohia

No, not in your recycling bin, but you can take bottle tops/jar lids to the Hauraki Reuse and Repair Centre. These products then go to Kidney Kids.

We accept these at our transfer stations. There is no charge for domestic quantities.

We will all generate waste – that’s a given. Research shows that from a waste point of view, the best thing we can do to slow global warming and climate change is to minimise our waste to landfill by separate out our recycling, and keeping organic waste out of landfill. For all of the waste that can’t be diverted, it is ideal to capture, treat, and use landfill gas as an energy source, which is what is currently happening at Tirohia Landfill.