Southland Waste Plan

Southland (and the rest of the world) face the challenge of using resources whilst ensuring that our environment and our health are not harmed. This Southland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2012-2018 Plan has been developed to meet this challenge.

Under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, local authorities are required to adopt a Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.  Invercargill City Council, Southland District Council and Gore District Council jointly developed the Southland Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2012-2018.  This Plan documents the strategic direction (vision, goals and objectives), actions and funding policy for the Councils' to meet both public health protection issues and the legal requirements to promote effective and efficient waste management and minimisation. 

This Plan sets out challenging goals for Southland. Our vision is clear "the effective and efficient stewardship of waste as a resource with a residual value, to protecth our health and environment".   Southland's vision is to become a region that is a minimum waste producers, with businesses and individuals maximising opportunities to reuse, recycle and recover our resources.

Action Plans

  1. Reduce the amount of material entering the waste stream
  2. Reuse or repurpose material so it has a life before recycling or disposal
  3. Reduce the amount of material sent to final disposal by maximising recycling
  4. Make the best use of recoverable waste as a renewable resource
  5. Appropriate treatment and disposal of waste for the protection of our health and environment


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