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The Fencing of Swimming Pools Act was introduced to protect young children from the danger of drowning.
The Council has a range of community buildings available for hire for recreational activities, events, meetings and private functions.
The Council has 112 units in Kaiapoi, Oxford, Rangiora and Woodend for people over 60 with limited means.
You can share your views about the Council's plans and projects by making a submission.
The Waimakariri District Council is one of the largest employers in the Waimakariri District and has become an employer of choice.
In 2015/16 a total of 284,305 tonnes of waste was sent to the Kate Valley Regional Landfill from transfer stations in Christchurch City, Hurunui, Waimakariri, Selwyn and Ashburton Districts.
Waimakariri District, with around 11% of the contributing population, sent 16,852 tonnes of general waste to Kate Valley - only 6% of the total quantity. This averages to around 690 kg per household (or 287 kg per person) over that one-year period.
Landfilled waste is not reprocessed or recycled, and does not break down over time. Disposing of waste at landfills is a sign that we are not using our resources efficiently.
The district is doing quite well in diverting materials away from landfill. In 2015/16 6,296 tonnes were recycled and another 3,299 tonnes of garden waste, rubble, tyres and hazardous wastes were diverted from the waste sent to Kate Valley Landfill. That’s a 37% diversion rate. However, the amount of waste we’re landfilling hasn’t reduced much over the past six years, and we can still improve those figures by reducing the amount of waste we all send to landfill.
The Council’s most recent waste audit shows that Waimakariri District Council rubbish bags have 47.4% compostable waste in them, and 12.1% of the materials could have been recycled; private collector rubbish bins have 67.8% compostable waste in them, and 7.6% of that could have been recycled. Combined, that’s almost 3,120 tonnes of garden waste; 1,920 tonnes of food waste; and more than 730 tonnes of recyclable materials that were put out at the kerb in bags and bins and sent to landfill in 2015/16. That means just over 70% of the materials put in bags and bins as rubbish could actually be diverted from landfill.
There are a number of ways you can reduce the amount of waste that comes from your household, and a good many of these are easy and cheap to do. For example:
If you live inside the district's collection area, you can put paper and cardboard, plastic containers (all plastic types except for expanded polystyrene foam), supermarket carry bags, glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans and steel tins, TetraPak drink and milk cartons and much more in the recycling wheelie bin. Read more information on the Kerbside collections page.
If you live outside the district's collection area, you can take separated paper, cardboard, plastic containers (all plastic types except for expanded polystyrene foam), supermarket carry bags, glass bottles and jars, aluminium cans and steel tins, TetraPak milk cartons and much more to Oxford Transfer Station or Southbrook Resource Recovery Park.
Soft plastic packaging can be returned to your local Countdown, New World, PAK'nSAVE and The Warehouse stores. Find out more here.
Make use of services offered for diverting waste, for example some private bin collection companies offer a recycling or green waste bin (check out the Yellow Pages for services).
The Council is a partner in the Sustainable Living Education Trust (SLET), which gathers and provides useful information for action - the practical stuff in NZ that you need to know to 'make a difference' in a better way. Sustainable Living Courses may be available in this district or in Christchurch on an ongoing basis. Visit the Sustainable Living website to find out how you can make a difference.
You can find information on reducing waste at your school on the Reducing your school waste page.
The Waimakariri District Council allocates some funding each year to support local businesses to become more sustainable. This funding enables Waimakariri businesses to make use of Christchurch City Council’s Target Sustainability project group. Contact us to find out how you can apply for a Target Sustainability Assessment.
A great quantity of waste materials can be generated during the operation of a farm, materials can be been difficult or costly to dispose of.
There are now alternatives to dumping or burning plastic farm waste, by recycling them through accredited voluntary product stewardship schemes. Plasback and Agrecovery both run recycling schemes for a number of different types of farm plastics, and Agrecovery also runs an agrichemical take-back scheme for unwanted or expired farm chemicals.