The Waste Minimisation Act required territorial authorities to prepare waste management and minimisation plans (WMMPs) by 2012. The plans have to be reviewed every six years. Requirements for WMMPs are set out in sections 43 and 44 of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.
Plans must have:
- objectives, policies and methods for achieving effective and efficient waste minimisation and management within the district
- how implementing the plan will be funded (including how local authorities intend to use allocated waste disposal levy money).
When preparing, amending or revoking a plan territorial authorities must also:
- consider the waste hierarchy
- have regard to The New Zealand Waste Strategy: Reducing harm, improving efficiency (2010) and their most recent waste assessment
- publicly consult on the WMMP.
Further detail on requirements for WMMPs can be found in the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 [New Zealand Legislation website]. The Ministry has also prepared some guides which provide more detail on requirements. Links to the guides are provided in the following section.