Waste Management and Minimisation Plan
We have a plan for reducing waste to help make our district an even better place to live.
As required by the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) has been developed to protect our district from harm and to provide environmental, social, economic and cultural benefits.
Our WMMP goal is to:
"To protect public health and safeguard the Taupō district environment by ensuring waste and diverted material is managed in a safe and sustainable manner that maintains natural and aesthetic values and to have the cleanest district in New Zealand"
A key part to working towards this goal involves considering the role of waste in the wider economy, including issues of resource efficiency and viewing waste as a resource, rather than as an issue to be managed.
Taupo District Council proposes to continue to provide a range of waste management and minimisation services similar to those currently in place. In addition, Council support the community to achieve further waste diversion through education and supporting local waste minimisation initiatives.
Read the full plan:
Information on waste minimisation initiatives that the community can benefit from is outlined below.
Waste Minimisation Fund
A new grant is available through our Waste Minimisation Fund to help individuals and organisations reduce waste.
The fund of $10,000 has been made available from the national waste levy, which is paid by landfill operators and distributed by the Ministry for the Environment to local authorities.
Applicants can apply for any amount up to $5,000 for a project that contributes to waste minimisation, waste avoidance, reduction of waste to landfill, and/or the recovery of materials or energy.
Resource Wise Programme
Want to reduce your environmental footprint? Minimising your waste output is a great start.
Our Resource Wise programme is available to Taupō District schools, businesses, events, community groups, and more. We begin with a waste audit and then create a personalised plan to help reduce waste within your organisation.
Resource Wise for Schools
The aim of the Resource Wise Schools Programme is to educate students and minimise waste to landfill.
To help schools minimise waste to landfill, we have developed a free programme in which schools work their way through five stages. Each stage contains practical activities that take participants on a journey of waste minimisation.
Resource Wise for Businesses
Reduce the amount of waste your business sends to landfill with the Resource Wise Business Programme.
As part of the programme, businesses receive an annual waste audit, a summary report with a detailed action plan as well as resources and support to implement actions.
Learn about waste
Wasted New Zealand is a video series that takes you on a journey through our key waste streams here in New Zealand including recycling, waste water, food waste and landfill. Learn about where all of our waste goes and what we can all do to make a difference!
Broadlands Road Landfill flyover
Ever been curious about what the Landfill at Broadlands Road looks like and where our local waste goes? Take a look at this aerial footage!
Plastic Free July
Plastic Free July is a global initiative that aims to reduce plastic usage and increase recycling. The initiative is designed to make everybody more aware of how much plastic we're all using – and look at what each of us can do to reduce it.
Help us look after the place we love by looking at how you can reduce your plastic use and make a habit of choosing to refuse single-use plastic. It’s easier than it sounds!
Plastic bag phase out
New government legislation came into effect from July 1 2019, banning retailers supplying single-use plastic bags across New Zealand in efforts to lower our plastic usage.
The regulations apply to all new plastic shopping bags with handles that are made of plastic up to 70 microns in thickness. This includes the light-weight plastic bags commonly found at supermarket, takeaway food and other retail checkouts, as well as heavier boutique-style shopping bags and the ‘emergency’ bags currently offered by some supermarkets as an alternative to a free single-use bag.
From a customer perspective, we are encouraging all to shop with a reusable bag to aid local business moving forward, particularly as they transition to the new standard.
Waste-free parenting workshops
Want to reduce your ecological footprint and find easy solutions to waste-free parenting? The nationally renowned Nappy Lady', Kate Meads, holds waste-free parenting workshops in Taupo every year.
The workshops are for parents who want to make responsible choices to reduce their waste output,
minimising families' ecological impact and introducing the community to exciting and modern waste-free alternatives to expensive disposable products. At the workshops, parents and parents-to-be receive tips and information on what they can do at home to reduce their waste output.
The workshops are held at the Great Lake Centre and all those who attend receive a waste-free parenting goodie bag.
There are a lot of ways to do your bit for the environment and composting is an easy one. When we throw away green waste, such as food scraps or lawn clippings, it ends up in our landfill. Composting is an inexpensive, natural way to deal with this waste. Composting will help you reduce green house gas production and decrease landfill deposits while saving you money and improving your garden.
Home composting workshops
Want to learn how to compost? Come along to one of the workshops we're holding in partnership with Taupo Community Gardens in Taupo or Awhi Farm in Turangi that aim to educate interested residents on how to make composting work for them in their own backyards.
For more information on what you can and can't recycle see our Recycling webpage.
Commercial quantities of waste
For more about the Waste Register phone 0800 668 4769.
For more about commercial quantities of waste oil phone 0800 725 8377 (charges apply).
For more waste reduction information phone 0800 22 77 47
Agricultural or farm chemicals
For more about agricultural or farm chemical collection phone 0800 24 36 78 (charges may apply).
Problems with unaddressed advertising
Telephone the Marketing Association on 0800 111 081