The management of solid waste is deemed a 'significant activity' under the terms of the Local Government Act 2012. The Council has a statutory obligation to promote effective and efficient waste management and to achieve this take a leadership role in managing waste activities.

It is important to manage solid waste well, given the health implications which could arise if the service was unsatisfactory and waste was not promptly collected, handled and disposed of. The activity must be managed in a sustainable manner for today's communities and for future generations.

We therefore take responsibility for fulfilling legal and statutory obligations, waste minimisation, policy, strategic direction, educational programmes, providing clean fill sites and the Pines Resource Recovery Park (a waste transfer facility, organic composting operation, as well as hazardous waste and recycling drop-off location).

With the growth that the Selwyn District is experiencing, we have to be forward-thinking in our waste management policies and practices.

Solid Waste Management Policy

Adopted by Council as part of the Policy Manual 25 June 2014

1 Management and Service Delivery

Waste management shall be undertaken in-house and service delivery shall be contracted out.

2 Waste Collections

The Council shall:

  1. provide kerbside refuse and recycling collection services using optional refuse bags and wheelie bins (currently 240 litre and 80 litre sizes) for residual waste and compulsory 60 litres crates (currently) for recycling waste to residential areas on the plains:
  2. provide kerbside refuse bag and recycling collection services to rural residential and to other areas where it is practical, economic and desirable to do so;
  3. provide an optional 240 litre wheelie bin collection of garden and food organic waste in the District's larger townships;
  4. provide basic waste disposal services for the high country villages of Arthur's Pass, Castle Hill and Lake Coleridge;
  5. maintain a user pays charging system that provides full cost recovery overall as well as incentives for waste minimisation. Collection charges are currently provided by way of:
    1. targeted refuse rates for each inhabited property or building along each collection route in the Plains collection area to broadly represent the cost of making a service available; plus
    2. waste collection charges broadly based on the costs of providing the services by relatively adjusted to encourage waste minimisation and to provide financial incentives to households that minimise their residual waste;
    3. sale of refuse bags - no annual quota of "free" refuse bags.

3 Waste Minimisation

The Council will:

  1. ensure that as far as practical, people meet the costs of the waste they produce;
  2. encourage implementation of the Waste Management Hierarchy and the New Zealand Waste Strategy;
  3. allocate monies through the Annual Budget process for waste minimisation;
  4. use policies, rules, economic instruments, and service delivery to promote and effect waste minimisation.

4 Waste Reduction

The Council will:

  1. lobby central government to encourage waste reduction and cleaner production;
  2. apply fully costed charges to waste collections and waste disposal as described elsewhere in this policy;

5 Reuse and Recycling

The Council will:

  1. encourage, investigate and facilitate reuse and recycling;
  2. provide recycling facilities at the Pines Resource Recovery Park

6 Waste Recovery

The Council shall discourage landfill disposal of compostable organic waste and shall promote:

  1. composting in the in-vessel compost plant at the Pines Resource Recovery Park
  2. home composting
  3. the Council's garden and food organic waste collection that is available in the district's larger townships.

7 Waste Disposal

The Council shall:

  1. continue to support a regional approach to solid and hazardous waste disposal via participation in the Canterbury Waste Joint Committee, the Canterbury Regional Landfill Joint committee and the Regional Hazardous Waste Working Party;
  2. set up a temporary hazardous waste storage area at the Pines Resource Recovery Park;
  3. recover full district-wide equalised waste disposal costs from transfer station gate charges and refuse collections;
  4. identify and assess closed landfills;
  5. operate a waste transfer facility at the Pines Resource Recovery Park and send residual waste for disposal at the Kate Valley Regional Landfill in accordance with the Council's contractual agreement with Transwaste Canterbury Ltd.

8 Waste Analysis

Council shall maintain waste quantity records and carry out waste analysis surveys.

9 District Plan Provisions

Subject to the District Plan, resource consent applications shall require a waste management plan.