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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
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.
We are reviewing our Waste Management and Minimisation
Plan (WMMP) to see what we can do to reduce the total amount of waste generated
and sent to landfill from this district. The WMMP will be out for consultation
later in 2017.
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 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.
Make use of services offered for diverting waste, for example some private bin collection companies offer a green waste bin at a discounted price (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 compost your food scraps and garden waste at home (and grow your vegetables and fruits with that compost to save on shopping bills). You could build your own worm farm or compost bin (there are instructions on building a worm farm out of car tyres in the One Planet eBook). The Council sells Bokashi buckets and CompostZing at its service centres and the ReSale Store (Southbrook Resource Recovery Park), and also sells Earthmaker compost bin kits at the ReSale Store, all at discounted prices. Prices are on our Rubbish and recycling fees and charges page.
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 which have been difficult or costly to dispose of in the past.
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.