Thousands of residents have responded to a call for feedback on how to manage the region’s rubbish, with submissions topping 4500 this week.
Consultation on the Napier City and Hastings District Councils’ draft Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018-24 (WMMP) runs until noon on Friday, March 23. Anyone yet to make a submission can save time by doing it online at www.myvoicemychoice.co.nz.
“We’re really pleased with the response so far, which shows people are keen to let us know what they think of our plans and give us more ideas,” says Tania Kerr, Hastings deputy mayor and Joint Council Waste Futures Project Steering Committee chairperson.
She adds she would like to hear more about what Napier and Hastings central city retailers think of one of the proposed actions in the draft joint WMMP, to enhance kerbside rubbish services in retail areas.
“It’s been great to see so many people have their say on the wheelie bin and recycling proposals so far. I’m also very keen to hear what other options our residents see for waste, recycling, green waste and other waste, like hazardous substances and e-waste, that they would like us to consider,” says Napier councillor and committee deputy chair Annette Brosnan.
Rubbish is not someone else’s problem, it’s everyone’s problem, says Rod Heaps, committee member and Hastings’ Heretaunga Ward councillor. “It is essential that we change our waste disposal habits now, for the survival and well-being of our future generations.”
Every six years the Hastings District and Napier City Councils, which manage the landfill, are legally obliged to review their Joint WMMP, which sets out how waste will be managed in the region.
Options in the consultation document for recycling, repurposing and composting more rubbish include, for urban households, enhancing existing council kerbside recycling services by providing urban households with collection crates, introducing or enhancing existing council-provided organic waste collection, and replacing council-provided collection of rubbish bags with wheelie bins.
Rural residents are being asked about future levels of rubbish and recycling services, and whether more communities would like a recycling service, following on from recycling containers being set up in Tutira, Maraekakaho, Poukawa, Pukehamoamoa and Waimarama.
A summary of the WMMP consultation document has been delivered to all Napier and Hastings households.
The full document is available for reading online at www.myvoicemychoice.co.nz, in the Hastings, Flaxmere, Havelock North, Napier and Taradale Libraries, at the Hastings District Council offices in Lyndon Rd East, Hastings, and at the Napier City Council Customer Service Centre at 215 Hastings Street, Napier.
Submissions will be heard next month, and both councils are due to adopt a final Joint WMMP 2018-24 in May.
Staff from both Councils have been running information stalls at different events and locations throughout Napier city and Hastings district during the consultation period.
The community is invited to talk to Council about the draft Joint WMMP and any other waste-related questions they may have at Councils’ stall at the Napier Farmers’ Market, Saturday 17 March.
15 March 2018
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