Waste Management

In a growing district like Waimakariri, it is important that waste is managed so that we can reduce the amount of rubbish that is sent to landfill.

Waste management services

The Council provides a number of waste management services for district residents, businesses, schools and visitors:

  • A weekly kerbside refuse bag and fortnightly recycling wheelie bin collection service is provided to approximately 75% of the district’s households
  • Waste disposal, diversion and recycling services are available at the Council's transfer stations: Southbrook operates seven days a week, and Oxford is open for two days each week
  • Operation of a cleanfill disposal site - access to this site is limited to companies registered with the Council to ensure only compliant cleanfill is deposited there.

Landfills in the Waimakariri District

The Waimakariri District does not have any operating landfills, although the Council manages five closed landfill sites at Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Oxford, Mandeville and Cust. Residual waste is sent to the regional landfill at Kate Valley in the Hurunui District.

Other wastes are disposed of as follows:

  • Green garden waste is transported to out-of-district composting facilities
  • Kerbside recycling is sent to the Eco Central Ltd MRF in Christchurch
  • Other diverted waste is sent to appropriate facilities for recycling, processing or treatment.

Waste Management & Minimisation Plan

The Council adopted a Waste Management Plan in 2009 order to divert more waste from landfill. The 2009 document was updated in 2012, and the later version was reviewed in 2016/17.  We went out to consult with the public on the draft 2017 Waste Management & Minimisation Plan in June 2017, and after considering over 2,600 submissions the Council approved an optional organics and rubbish bin collection service for further consultation with the Long term Plan. The approved kerbside collection option (Option C) and proposed upgrades at Southbrook resource recovery park provide us with a target of reducing waste to landfill by 58kg per person by 2029 – a 20% reduction from 294 to 236 kg per person, and a 34% increase in diversion from 170 to 228 kg per person.

Solid Waste Activity Management Plan

The Council's Solid Waste Activity Management Plan gathers together information on the solid waste assets and services. It sets out the strategies and financial requirements for the solid waste activity for the next 10 years.

Solid Waste Bylaw and Waste Licensing

The Council adopted the Solid Waste and Waste Handling Licensing Bylaw 2016 to control waste management activities within the District. This Bylaw is intended to prevent nuisance from the Council’s kerbside waste and recycling collection services and those of private waste collection operators, and regulates the use of Council’s transfer stations, recovery facilities and waste collection points. The Bylaw also includes provisions to regulate and monitor waste handling facilities within the District, through licensing of such operators, and requiring as a condition of licensing that waste data be provided to the Council.

Non-natural rural waste research

The way farms and rural businesses deal with their waste is the focus of a study being done for Environment Canterbury, reflecting the growing interest in improving sustainable farming practices.