Waste management and minimisation

Council is working hard to make Palmerston North an eco-friendly city. The Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw helps to ensure that our rubbish and recycling is being effectively managed.

We made some changes to the bylaw following community consultation in 2017, and changes to the administration manual in 2021 following a recycling review. The bylaw is being reviewed in 2021-22.

Notable changes

Council staff can now refuse to collect a wheelie bin that has offensive material in it. This is about keeping our workers who sort recycling safe. Along with this change, we ran an education campaign to remind people what goes where.

Council staff can now refuse to collect a wheelie bin which has non-recyclable material in it. They will issue a strike notice. If three or more strike notices are issued then the collection service for that property will be suspended for several weeks. This is about making clear that the wheelie bins are not rubbish bins. However, people sometimes make mistakes, so the collection service is only suspended if the person continues to contaminate their wheelie bin.

The terms and conditions for events waste management and minimisation are now stronger. Event organisers must promote the use of 100 per cent compostable materials for food packaging at events held on Council land or with Council funding. This means it will be easier to compost food waste from events, and less waste will go to the landfill.

In 2021, Council agreed to stop collecting and storing plastics that can't be recycled in New Zealand (numbers 3, 4, 6 and 7). The recycling changes came into effect on 17 May 2021.

Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw(PDF, 218KB)

Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw administration manual(PDF, 1MB)