What’s the difference between the Council’s existing waste bylaw provisions and the proposed Bylaw?

    In summary, there are several key differences between the Council’s existing waste bylaw provisions and the proposed Bylaw.  The introduction of new regulatory standards that promote waste minimisation is perhaps the key point of difference, with the consideration of waste minimisation now being proposed as a regulatory requirement in relation to event waste management, construction and demolition waste planning for high-value building projects, and associated with the development of new (10+) multi-unit dwellings.   

    The proposed Bylaw is also different as a result of the proposed waste operator and facility licensing requirement.   This licensing requirement would mean that all waste collectors and any waste facility handling more than 20 tonnes of waste per year within Wellington City would require a license from the Council in order to operate.

    The ability of the proposed Bylaw to promote regional consistency across waste management is another point of difference between the Council's existing standalone waste provisions. However, the extent to which the Bylaw will promote regional consistency will only be known once each of the 8 council bylaw-making processes are complete.   

    Exactly how will the proposed Bylaw minimise waste?

    The proposed Bylaw, together with the proposed Bylaw Controls, will promote waste minimisation through the introduction of a range of new standards, including:

    • Event waste management planning requirements that require the consideration of waste minimisation when planning an event that will accommodate 1000 or more people.
    • Waste management planning standards applicable to any new building work with an estimated value of $2 million or higher.  This will include scoping of the waste management method for each waste type generated to be considered prior to construction (e.g. reuse, recovery, recycling and disposal).
    • Multi-unit development waste planning requirements for new developments comprising of 10 or more units.  This will require consideration of how waste generated on site will be minimised and the steps taken to maximise the collection and use of recyclables, organic waste, and reusable material.
    • Standards limiting the deposit of unaddressed mail or advertising mail in letterboxes and on vehicles parked in public places.
    • Standards requiring the mandatory diversion of recyclable material away from landfill when using the Southern Landfill.
    • Limits to the amount of green waste able to be placed within a Council waste receptacle for kerbside collection (10% maximum limit).

    I live in a block of multi-unit dwellings – how will the proposed Bylaw affect me?

    The proposed Bylaw contains new requirements for managing waste generated by multi-unit dwellings.

    The proposed Bylaw defines a multi-unit development as being:

    ‘A multiple tenancy property comprising of 10 or more separately occupied residential units, whether in the same building or in separate buildings, and held either in common ownership or in separate ownership. This includes a unit title development, a mixed-use premises with business activities, and any development with controlled or restricted access, such as a gated community’.

    If you currently live in a multi-unit dwelling where there are 10 or more units on site, then the owner, manager or the chairperson of the body corporate for that development must make sure that adequate provision is made for the management of all waste and recycling generated within that site.   This includes:

    • Arranging waste to be regularly collected for disposal;
    • Ensuring that there is an adequate area to store waste and recycling material on the site;
    • Ensure that there is an adequate area for the collection of waste or recycling material if collection occurs on the premises.

    There are also general waste standards and responsibilities that multi-unit dwelling residents need to meet.   This includes ensuring that waste placed out on the kerbside for collection does not block pedestrian or vehicle traffic, or access to the site.  Other responsibilities are additionally listed in clause 8 of the proposed Bylaw.  

    If residents of the multi-unit dwelling cannot dispose of their waste and recycling in a manner that is consistent with their general responsibilities, then residents will need to submit a Multi-Unit Development Waste Management Plan to the Council for approval.

    A Multi-Unit Development Waste Management Plan must include the following information: 

    1. The person or persons responsible for the management, collection and disposal of waste and the methods to be used;
    2. Identification of an adequate area on the premises for the storage of receptacles that is readily accessible to the occupiers of units and the waste collector to enable separate collection and transportation of waste and recycling as specified by the Council; 
    3. An estimate of the types and volumes of waste that will be generated; 
    4. How waste generated within the premises is to be minimised and the steps to maximise the collection and use of recyclables, organic waste, and reusable material;
    5. The methods to be used to minimise noise and odour and to keep the area hygienic, free from vermin or other infestations, and protected from theft and vandalism; 
    6. Identification of the means and route of access and egress to the waste storage area; and
    7. Any other matter relating to waste management and minimisation that may be specified by the Council.

    Why is the Council proposing waste operator licensing?

    The limited and inconsistent nature of regional waste and recycling data currently reduces the Council’s understanding of waste issues. The establishment of a waste operator (and facility) licensing system could address this, ensuring that the Council has access to relevant up to date data enabling more informed waste-related decision making.

    Such a licensing system would likely be most effective when implemented at the regional level, and when aligned with the National Waste Data Framework to secure regionally compatible and coordinated waste data.

    Waste operator licensing also has the potential to be applied to ensure that the actions of private waste operators are aligned with the Council’s waste objectives identified within the Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan.  This could be achieved through setting licensing conditions, requiring:

    • a performance bond or security, or both, for the performance of the work licensed, and;
    • reports setting out the quantity, composition, and destination of waste collected and transported by the licensee (for example, household waste to a disposal facility).

    How would the proposed change to waste/recycling collection times affect me?

    If you have a day time waste or recycling kerbside collection service, and you live on one of the following roads, your waste servicing collection may be affected.

    For areas receiving a day time waste or recycling kerbside collection service, collection services would generally be permitted from Monday to Saturday between the hours of 7.00am and 9.00pm.  

    However, on the following roads with higher traffic volumes, the new controls would allow waste and recycling servicing to start from 6am.  This will mean that you will need to either put your waste and recycling bags and containers out the night before collection, or before 6am on the morning of collection.

    Waste and recycling collection services are proposed to commence from 6am on the following roads:

    • Adelaide Rd
    • Ellice St
    • Miramar Ave
    • The Esplanade
    • Aotea Quay
    • Evans Bay Pde
    • Moa Point Rd
    • The Parade
    • Aro St
    • Featherston St
    • Molesworth St
    • The Terrace
    • Arthur St
    • Ferry St
    • Moorefield Rd
    • Thorndon Quay
    • Bowen St
    • Ghuznee St
    • Mulgrave St
    • Tinakori Rd
    • Box Hill
    • Glasgow St
    • Murphy St
    • Troy St
    • Breaker Bay Rd
    • Glenmore St
    • Newlands Rd
    • Upland Rd
    • Broadway
    • Grenada Dr
    • Ngaio Gorge Rd
    • Victoria St
    • Brooklyn Rd
    • Hawkestone St
    • Nicholson Rd
    • Vivian St
    • Brooklyn Rd
    • Hunter St
    • Ohiro Rd
    • Waikowhai St
    • Buckle St
    • Hutt Rd
    • Onepu Rd
    • Wakefield St
    • Burma Rd
    • Inglis St
    • Onslow Rd
    • Waterloo Quay
    • Cable St
    • Inglis St
    • Oriental Pde
    • Webb St
    • Calabar Rd 
    • Jamaica Dr
    • Ottawa Rd
    • Wellington Rd
    • Cambridge Tce
    • Jervois Quay
    • Paterson St
    • Wellington Urban Motorway
    • Cashmere Ave
    • Johnsonville Rd
    • Queens Dr
    • Westchester Dr
    • Centennial Highway
    • Kaiwharawhara Rd
    • Raroa Rd
    • Whitmore St
    • Chaytor St
    • Karo Dr
    • Reef St
    • Willis St
    • Churchill Dr
    • Karori Rd
    • Riddiford St
    • Willowbank Rd
    • Cobham Dr
    • Karori Tunnel
    • Rongotai Rd
    • Wilton Rd
    • Cockayne Rd
    • Kelburn Pde
    • Ruahine St 


    • Constable St
    • Kenepuru Dr
    • Rugby St


    • Crawford Rd
    • Kent Tce
    • Salamanca Rd


    • Crofton Rd
    • Kenya St
    • State Highway 2


    • Curtis St
    • Khandallah Rd
    • Station Rd


    • Customhouse Quay
    • Lyall Pde
    • Sussex St


    • Dufferin St
    • Main Rd
    • Takapu Rd


    • Dundas St
    • Mark Ave
    • Taurima St



    • Middleton Rd




    I live on a private access way – will my waste servicing be affected?

    Potentially, yes.  Private roads and access ways are often developed to different standards compared to public roads and access ways.  This can result in private roads being too narrow, steep, or too difficult for waste servicing vehicles used by the Council to turn around.  Further, the Council is not responsible for the maintenance or upkeep of private roadways, as this is the responsibility of relevant property owners. 

    To better promote effective and efficient waste management within this context, the proposed Bylaw controls introduce new standards relevant to Council provided waste and recycling servicing. In summary, the proposed Bylaw controls limit the provision of Council provided waste and recycling collection services on private roads and access ways, unless:

    • Affected property owners can demonstrate, to the satisfaction of Council, that use for waste servicing purposes can meet Council’s relevant traffic and health and safety requirements; and
    • Affected  properties or premises have been previously granted an exemption or waiver permitted waste servicing activities by the Council, or;
    • An easement is created over the private road or access way providing the Council the legal authority to access private property for waste servicing purposes.