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Submitting on the Draft Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2023

I am never a fan of reading dense local or national government documents but I know that my knowledge and experience can have a decent impact if I do make submissions. When I do these, I like to make it easier for others to as well, so here are my takeaways from the latest Christchurch City Council 𝗗𝗿𝗮𝗳𝘁 𝗪𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲 𝗠𝗮𝗻𝗮𝗴𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗠𝗶𝗻𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗕𝘆𝗹𝗮𝘄 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟯:
  • Great they are updating to be in line with the Waste Minimisation Act, their Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2020 and Council’s Climate Resilience Strategy.
  • The Container Return Scheme may throw a bit of a spanner in for them as it hasn't been agreed how this will be rolled out. But they can sort that when it happens I guess.
  • They state they '𝙈𝘼𝙔' request Waste Management Plans from new and existing multi-unit residential developments. I think the should 𝙍𝙀𝙌𝙐𝙄𝙍𝙀 one and it must include plans for recycling and organics.
  • I think it is great that they Council states that Construction and demolition Waste Management Plans and Event Waste Management Plans 𝘪𝘯𝘤𝘭𝘶𝘥𝘦 𝘮𝘦𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘥𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦𝘥 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘦 𝘸𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘦 𝘨𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘭𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘧𝘪𝘭𝘭!
  • And that events 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘵𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘱𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘣𝘦 𝘵𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘶𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘳𝘦𝘶𝘴𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 𝘴𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘮𝘴 (20.3.C)
  • The official plastic bags used for inner city waste pose a large litter risk and create more waste by being a disposable bag. We would like to see reusable alternatives to these explored.

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