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Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

Palmerston North is sending more waste to landfill than ever before, and with a growing population it’s a problem we need to get on top of. Every six years we are legally required to review our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan and show how we plan to cut what is going to landfill.

Photo shows workers sorting recycling at Awapuni resource recovery park.


In 2017 we sent 45 thousand tonnes to landfill- about 533 kg per person. Close to half (48%) of that could potentially have been composted, reused or recycled instead.
Every six years we are legally required to review our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (WMMP) which includes a requirement to have measures in place to reduce what we are sending to landfill over the next six years
Councillors requested a plan that would see the city increasing what we are recycling, composting or reusing by 10 per cent.

To do that we are considering:

  • Introducing a food collection service (likely $50 per household)
  • Considering introducing maximum limits for certain materials in household kerbside rubbish collection
  • Introducing rules for companies to refuse bins that have lots of material that could have been reused, reduced or recycled.
  • Investigating having a facility that can sort construction and demolition waste
  • Drop off recycling and green waste point in the north of the city
  • Investigating the potential for Council to support non-profit early childhood education facilities and schools to enable them to divert more from landfill

Key Documents:

Waste Management and Minimisation Plan

Palmerston North City Waste Assessment

Deadline for submissions is 4pm on Friday 1 March 2019

Contact us:

Queries should be directed to Rubbish & Recycling Asset Engineer Natasha Hickmott on (06) 356 8199 or natasha.hickmott@pncc.govt.nz