- Kapiti Coast District Council’s waste to landfill increased from 2011-2015 by 36%. Per capita it rose 33% (according to the official report)
- The regional plan is to reduce waste by 30% in the next four years.
- KCDC is the only council in the Wellington region where all waste collection is done by private companies. Four companies collect waste and council collects none. Nor does it manage its transfer stations. That is done by two companies.
- This means the council has no control over the pricing of waste disposal. We know that pricing affects behaviour.
- Council makes bylaws on waste and these are being reviewed in September.
- Council contracts with companies and licences them to do various things, including the way they collect it. It mandates them to collect recycling.
- Council does a regular audit of waste. In its last audit it found that the larger the bin, the bigger the proportion of green waste and recycling that was going to landfill.
- When green waste or food scraps are buried, it produces methane, which as a greenhouse gas is 15-25 times as harmful as carbon dioxide.
- KCDC is working with other councils to figure out how they can cooperate on a collection arrangement for green waste.
- KCDC has no Class 1 landfills in the district. Our waste goes outside our area.
- KCDC is reviewing its annual plan. And the Regional Council is reviewing the Waste Management and Minimalisation Plan and talking about “investigating” and “reviewing” various policies.
Recommendations from Low Carbon Kapiti
- That KCDC introduces a bylaw stating it will not licence 240 litre bins (Taupo Council has already done this)
- That KCDC actively works on a green waste collection scheme
- That KCDC reduces the cost of taking green waste to transfer stations to zero.
Personal actions from members that will help
- Please sign our petition calling on Council to implement an effective ban on 240 litre Wheelie Bins for waste.
240 litre wheelie bins for waste encourage people to to throw out more, including a greater proportion of recyclables. This has been confirmed by the latest waste study commissioned by Council. More green waste in particular would be composted if people didn’t have the lazy option of putting it in their huge wheelie bin. The Council study showed the average 240 litre wheelie bin in Kapiti has 12kg of potentially recyclable waste in it, including 10kg of organic waste. The 120 litre bins had less than 6kg of organic waste in them. For more details, download the report here: Final 1.1 KCDC SWAP report 2017
- Write a letter to the editor with your views to any of the following promoting bylaws or other actions.
“When the ship is sinking everybody bails, no matter how small their bucket.”
“Please take this option away from me.”