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Published: 2012-08-06 00:00:00

Waikato Regional Council is about to begin an update of the Waikato’s waste and infrastructure stocktake to help identify commercial opportunities for the region.

The stocktake review is part of the Waikato waste and resource efficiency strategy 2012-15 developed by the regional council, in partnership with local councils, Auckland Council, Bay of Plenty Regional Council, the waste industry, business and the Ministry for the Environment. The stocktake review will involve close collaboration between the regional council, the waste management industry, other industries and community partners.

Waste minimisation facilitator Marianna Tyler said that under the strategy waste was being viewed as an unutilised resource that could provide potential economic opportunities for the region.

“We have two high level goals – to reduce the harmful impacts of waste and to encourage resource efficiency and beneficial re-use to provide social and economic benefits.

“We want the study to provide updated information that will support stakeholders to identify innovative new products or commercial solutions to waste issues.

“An example of the potential economic benefits to be gained from viewing waste as a resource is evident in the organic waste processing sector in the Waikato which currently does more than $100 million worth of business a year.”

Ms Tyler said the scoping study – which would update information compiled in 2007 – was aimed at specifically identifying:

  • what types and volumes of waste are being produced and disposed of in landfills
  • what infrastructure is in place to handle waste and what infrastructure gaps there are
  • what opportunities are available for better waste processing
  • what commercial opportunities could be explored to increase beneficial reuse

Ms Tyler said the regional council is keen to work with businesses with ideas for waste minimisation and waste utilisation. For more information, call Ms Tyler on 0800 800 401 or email marianna.tyler@waikatoregion.govt.nz.