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Waikato waste and resource efficiency strategy 2015-18

Cover of document"Working together towards a zero waste region"

This strategy outlines how the Waikato Regional Council and stakeholders will work together to minimise waste across the Waikato region to protect our communities and environment and to create sustainable economic growth through resource efficiency and beneficial reuse of wasted resources.

Read the 2015-18 strategy

Waste to resource - Waikato waste and resource efficiency strategy 2015-18 [PDF, 2.8 MB]

Table of contents

Strategy review 2015 5
Introduction 6
Background 6
Scope 7
Strategic drivers for a regional waste strategy 7
Section 1: The Waikato now and into the future 9
Waste in the Waikato: a regional picture 10
Waste data and statistics 10
Municipal waste composition 11
Movement of waste and recycling 12
Waste diversion 13
A new approach: waste as a resource 15
Regional opportunities 15
Role of Waikato Regional Council 17
Vision and goals 18
Strategic principles 19
Implementation and review 20
Section 2: Strategic actions and initiatives 2012-15 21
Key focus areas 22
Focus area A: Improve waste data and information management 23
Focus area B: Review regulatory environment governing waste 25
Focus area C: Reduce the harmful impacts of waste 26
Focus area D: Increase resource efficiency and beneficial reuse 28
Focus area E: Stimulate research and innovation 30
Focus area F: Foster partnerships, collaboration and funding 32
Glossary 35

Review of 2012-15 strategy

The Waste to resource - Waikato waste and resource efficiency strategy 2012-15 was adopted by the council in April 2012 and was reviewed in June 2015.

The purpose of the review was to assess the alignment of the Waste and Resource Efficiency Strategy (WRES) with our strategic direction, examine any new drivers for change, evaluate work achieved to date, and identify direction, scope and priorities for the next strategy period.

As a result of the review we’ve identified emerging international and national trends, as well as future linkages and opportunities for alignment with internal and external priority areas of focus.

The collaborative approach of the strategy continues to be supported and valued by its stakeholders and enables shared and collective action to occur in the areas where there are regional benefits.

This video clip will tell you a bit more about the strategy.