Solid waste management and minimisation bylaw

Council does not currently have a solid waste management bylaw in place unlike the rest of the Wellington region. The previous Upper Hutt City Council Solid Waste Bylaw (2005) expired in 2015. The bylaw was subsequently revoked by Council in July 2017 on the basis that it had not been reviewed within the necessary time period, and because it was no longer considered fit for purpose as a result of significant changes in legislation and due to changes to Council's solid waste activities.

The proposed new bylaw will enable Council to meet its legal obligations, and to more effectively manage the issues and negative impacts of solid waste on the environment. It will also assist Council to improve its understanding of the solid waste collection services in the city and how waste is being disposed of.   

Summary of the proposed bylaw

The proposed bylaw:

  • Clarifies requirements and responsibilities for the appropriate deposit, collection and disposal of waste.
  • Encourages better waste management and minimisation practices at large outdoor public events.
  • Provides the ability for Council to better understand and manage waste generated by large construction and demolition activities.
  • Enables Council to more effectively manage waste, public nuisance, and litter issues created by unaddressed mail and advertising material.
  • Requires better provision for the management of waste and recycling generated by multi-unit developments (10 or more residential units).
  • Requires registration (licencing) of waste collectors and waste operators to enable Council to obtain better data on waste streams and waste services/operations, and effectively regulate private collection services to ensure they are aligned with the Council's waste management objectives.

A Statement of Proposal has been prepared in accordance with section 86 of the Local Government Act 2002, and provides information about the process and whether it is appropriate to have the proposed bylaw for Upper Hutt. The proposed bylaw is included at the end of our Statement of Proposal document(PDF, 3MB).

Have your say

Submissions on the proposed bylaw are welcome from any person or organisation who wishes to give feedback, and we encourage you to tell us your views.

Print copies of the Statement of Proposal and Submission form are available at the Upper Hutt Council Civic Centre (838 - 842 Fergusson Drive) and Upper Hutt Central and Pinehaven Libraries. Alternatively, you can have your say using the online form below.

Consultation is open until 5.00 pm Sunday, 27 September 2020.