Solid Waste Bylaw

Feedback closes 27 August, 11:59pm

Kerbside collection

We are seeking feedback on the continuation of the Solid Waste Bylaw that helps to ensure the collection of rubbish is safe and does not cause a nuisance.

You can read the current bylaw here.

Waste minimisation or recycling initiatives and determining access to kerbside rubbish collections are not included in this bylaw. 

Kerbside rubbish collection services are private businesses and are not under contract to Council.

Share your feedback on the continuation of the Bylaw

Council was required to review the Solid Waste Bylaw earlier this year. The review found that the bylaw was mostly effective at controlling the collection, transportation, and disposal of waste. 

As part of the review, several central government initiatives were identified that could impact the bylaw. Therefore, Council decided to wait until after the proposals are finalised before making any amendments to the Solid Waste Bylaw allowing:

  • amendments to align with central government initiatives
  • alignment with the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan review cycle
  • to be informed by a review of solid waste services
  • the potential to develop a regionally consistent bylaw with Whangārei District Council and Kaipara District Council.

The Solid Waste Bylaw will be reassessed in 2023 to align with the review of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.

Questions & answers

The purpose of the current bylaw is to contribute to:

  • the regulation of the collection, transportation, and disposal of waste
  • the protection of the health and safety of waste collectors, waste operators, and the public
  • the management of litter and nuisance.

If you have access to kerbside rubbish collections then this bylaw affects you. The Solid Waste Bylaw allows for kerbside rubbish collections to occur in a safe and nuisance-free manner. This bylaw ensures that rubbish is cleaned up following events in public spaces. It also ensures that waste does not accumulate in a way that leads to public health harm.

Waste minimisation is a function of the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. Council will review the Waste Management and Minimisation Plan in 2022. As part of the review we will invite our communities to let us know their thoughts on how rubbish-related services can be improved in the Far North.