Draft West Coast Regional Waste Minimisation and Management Plan


​Issued 4 July 2018
Submissions have closed

All Councils are required under the Waste Minimisation Act (WMA) 2008 to consider the current situation with regards to waste minimisation and management in their area and set out how they will progress efficient and effective waste management and minimisation.

This process is documented in a Waste Assessment and future direction and actions are set out in a Waste Minimisation and Management Plan (WMMP).

The prior Waste Assessment on each West Coast district was carried out in 2011/2012 and final WMMPs were adopted by the Buller, Grey and Westland Districts in 2012 (following public consultation).

These waste assessments and WMMPs need to be reviewed and adopted every six years.

Why is this being proposed?

A joint WMMP can be developed as an efficient and effective way for Councils to complete strategic planning for waste minimisation and management. This time round Buller, Grey and Westland District Councils have elected to proceed with a regional approach for the required review.

Each Waste Assessment evaluated current quantities and composition of waste and diverted materials in the district, existing services, future demand for services and practicable options for addressing the various waste and diverted materials streams. 

These Waste Assessments have been reviewed and updated in the form of a Regional Waste Assessment to reflect the changes that have occurred locally, regionally and nationally since 2011/2012 and also to meet the requirements of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 (WMA).

A WMMP must contain a summary of Council’s waste management and minimisation objectives, policies, methods and funding to achieve effective and efficient waste management and minimisation within the district. The WMMP must also include a commitment to waste minimisation through consideration of the waste hierarchy and must have regard to the New Zealand Waste Strategy and the most recent Waste Assessment undertaken by Council. In addition, Councils must ensure that nuisance is not caused by the collection, transport and disposal of waste.

The draft West Coast Regional Waste Assessment describes the waste situation, sets out vision, goals objectives and targets for the Region and develops options for meeting future demand.

The draft West Coast Regional Waste Minimisation and Management Plan summarises the information presented in the Waste Assessment and adds an action plan.

The purpose of the WMMP is to provide the basis on which future policies, service provision and facilities will be provided to manage the Region’s waste and to minimise the quantities requiring disposal while making the best use of Council’s resources and fostering sustainability.

What is being proposed?

The Regional Waste Assessment has identified that over 15,000 tonnes of waste was generated in the West Coast Region in 2016. Around 70% of this waste went to the landfill, with the remainder diverted, either by recycling or composting. This diversion occurs predominantly through recycling at kerbside and transfer stations and recovery green waste for mulch or compost. 

Please read the full summary of proposal and supporting documents for details on the issues involved and the proposed targets and action plan (available for download below). The Draft Regional Waste Minimisation and Management Plan and Waste Assessment are also available below.


The overall vision of the WMMP is:

To deliver community benefits and reduce waste. West Coast businesses and households will be provided with efficient and effective waste minimisation and management services.

Have your say

We want to hear feedback from our communities on the draft West Coast Regional Waste Minimisation and Management Plan. Key questions include:

  1. Do you agree with the Council’s vision for waste minimisation and management?
  2. Have the Councils set the right targets for waste minimisation and management?
  3. Councils regularly consider a range of options for managing waste that cannot be reused or recycled.  What are the key considerations Council should take into account?
  4. The draft Regional Waste Minimisation and Management Plan commits Councils to considering a range of additional activities. What would you support being introduced in the West Coast Region?

We want to hear from as many people as possible before a decision is made, so please have your say today.

All submissions must be in writing. Submissions can be made by completing the easy online survey or by filling out paper survey forms available for download below or can be picked up from your local Council.

You are welcome to speak in person in support of your submission – if you wish to do this, please clearly indicate this in your submission. Submissions will be heard and considered at a hearing after the closing date – final date to be confirmed.

Submissions close at 5pm on 18 August 2018.

Every submission made to the Council will be acknowledged in accordance with the Local Government Act 2002, copied and made available to the public.


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