We wrote to you on 11 January 2016 advising you of a proposed bylaw that will control how rubbish is managed in the District. The closing date for submissions was yesterday, Wednesday 24 February, however, we have decided to extend the submission period by a month to allow more people to have a say on the bylaw which will impact all households in the District.
People now have until 4.30pm on Thursday 24 March 2016 to make a submission. The Council will hold hearings for people who want to speak about their submission on 14 April. It will deliberate over these submissions on 5 May and adopt the Solid Waste Bylaw on 15 June.
We encourage you to find out about the bylaw which proposes a number of new rules designed to better manage and reduce waste. These include new requirements for:
- households to ensure that not more than 10 percent of the rubbish they send to landfill for disposal is recyclable. This means that at least 90 percent of the rubbish that is put in a rubbish bag and left at the kerbside for collection should be waste that can’t be recycled (e.g. polystyrene and non-recyclable plastic). Under the bylaw, refuse contractors may refuse to collect or accept rubbish bags if they are full of recyclable waste, such as glass bottles, newspapers and tin cans.
- owners and managers of hotels, motels and apartments to manage waste on-site
- people organising public events, such as festivals, to develop and get Council approval of a waste management plan before the events goes ahead
For more information, or to make a submission online, go to www.fndc.govt.nz/draftsolidwastebylaw2016 or you can get more information and a submission form at any Council service centre or library. If you have already made a submission and would like to add to what you have already said you can do that too.Please ensure Council receives your submission by 4.30pm on Thursday 24 March 2016.
If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me on 09 401 5200 or free-phone 0800 920 029.
Strategic Planning Coordinator