QLDC seeking public feedback on waste disposal plan

 Jim Boult.
Jim Boult.
A greater focus on glass recycling and organic waste is the feature of a proposed waste management and minimisation plan that will go out for public consultation this week.

After a six-month project by a working group of council and industry stakeholders, the Queenstown Lakes District Council is expected to approve a consultation document on the plan at its meeting in Wanaka on Friday.

The document said although the district's building boom had generated a sharp rise in the volume of construction and demolition waste, the council had concluded it would be ''difficult to focus on both organics and construction and demolition waste in the next six years''.

That assessment was based on a forecasted decrease of waste to landfill of 19% over the next decade, and an expectation the volume of organic waste would continue to grow while the volume of construction waste ''may slow down''.

In a foreword to the document, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult said the council had a ''good track record when it comes to how we deal with our rubbish''.

However, there was ''always room for improvement'', particularly in glass recycling and how organic waste was dealt with.

The document shows how far the previous council's goal of reducing the volume of household waste going to landfill missed the mark.

In its 2015 long-term plan, it set the goals of reducing household waste per resident from 188kg to less than 160kg last year, then down to 155kg this year.

Instead, it blew out to 258kg in 2016.

''This can be explained by the recent landfilling of glass, and as a result of the 100,000-plus visitors to the district in 2015-16,'' the document said.

''In no way can this be attributed solely to the resident population.''

In her report for councillors, strategy and performance manager Deborah Lind said the draft waste management and minimisation plan was completed last July, but the public consultation phase was delayed to allow it to run in tandem with consultation on the council's 10-year plan.

The period for submissions will start on Saturday and finish on April 30, and councillors will hear oral submissions on May 17.

The plan is expected to be adopted on June 28.

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