Council to investigate zero-waste

Policy explored as a part of its Waste Management Minimisation Plan review in the next financial year.

Policy explored as a part of its Waste Management Minimisation Plan review in the next financial year.

Pressure mounted on the council after thousands of council-funded glow sticks were discarded at Fire in the Sky in January. Wikimedia Commons picture

GISBORNE District Council will investigate a zero-waste policy as a part of its Waste Management Minimisation Plan review in the next financial year.

The council wants to work towards zero waste to landfill, as outlined in the current plan, but there were no specific targets, objectives or policies in place, the environmental planning and regulations committee heard.

Councillor Craig Bauld said staff time and money was being spent on trying to achieve an unrealistic goal, and Gisborne already had a waste minimisation project to be proud of in New Zealand.

Councillor Rehette Stoltz said it was great to have aspirational goals, for example Smokefree 2025.

Councillor Meredith Akuhata Brown said Gisborne’s young people would support the initiative.

“We have schools that pride themselves on being enviro schools, and we have a movement among younger, youthful and revolutionary people to encourage these initiatives.”

The council had been lobbied to develop a zero-waste policy following glow stick handouts at the council event Fire in the Sky in January.

Consultation on the reviewed Waste Management Minimisation Plan is scheduled for early 2018, along with the Long Term Plan.

The funding for the research into a zero-waste policy would be covered by the community planning and development budget.

GISBORNE District Council will investigate a zero-waste policy as a part of its Waste Management Minimisation Plan review in the next financial year.

The council wants to work towards zero waste to landfill, as outlined in the current plan, but there were no specific targets, objectives or policies in place, the environmental planning and regulations committee heard.

Councillor Craig Bauld said staff time and money was being spent on trying to achieve an unrealistic goal, and Gisborne already had a waste minimisation project to be proud of in New Zealand.

Councillor Rehette Stoltz said it was great to have aspirational goals, for example Smokefree 2025.

Councillor Meredith Akuhata Brown said Gisborne’s young people would support the initiative.

“We have schools that pride themselves on being enviro schools, and we have a movement among younger, youthful and revolutionary people to encourage these initiatives.”

The council had been lobbied to develop a zero-waste policy following glow stick handouts at the council event Fire in the Sky in January.

Consultation on the reviewed Waste Management Minimisation Plan is scheduled for early 2018, along with the Long Term Plan.

The funding for the research into a zero-waste policy would be covered by the community planning and development budget.

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