How do I have my say?

    • Have your say on our online survey on this page.
    • Post your feedback to Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw review, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Private Bag 12803, Tauranga Mail Centre, Tauranga 3143. 
    • Deliver your feedback form to any of the Western Bay of Plenty Service Centres in Katikati, Te Puke, Ōmokoroa and Waihi Beach Library, or to the Main Council Office at Barkes Corner. 
    • Email your feedback to

    Why are you reviewing the bylaw?

    We are reviewing the bylaw to ensure that it is fit for purpose with the change in demographics and growth in the District since the bylaw was last reviewed in 2013. 

    The new bylaw proposes a framework for construction and demolition and event waste, to minimise waste from these activities in our waste stream. It also addresses bylaw implementation issues to enable effective enforcement and supports Council’s kerbside waste collection service.

    Can I make a spoken submission?

    Yes, if you would like to speak to your submission in person on Thursday 9 December, please email or phone 07 571 8008 no later than Tuesday 7 December, or make sure you have ticked the box on the submission form.

    What happens after I provide feedback?

    Council will acknowledge in writing or by email (if provided) the receipt of your feedback and all feedback will be considered through Council’s deliberations process. All submitters who provided email or postal details will receive a decision document.

    Why is Council proposing to introduce waste management and minimisation plans for events over 500 people?

    Council is proposing to require significant events (of more than 500 people) to prepare an Event Waste Management and Minimisation Plan, to ensure improved disposal of waste. This includes the use of recyclable, compostable and reusable material at these events to decrease the total waste sent to landfill. Any organiser of a significant event must obtain prior approval from Council for an Event Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. On completion of the event, the organiser must provide the Council with a report on the implementation of the Event Waste Management and Minimisation Plan. 

    Why is Council proposing changes to construction and demolition waste?

    Construction and demolition can generate substantial quantities of waste material, much of which is recoverable, such as concrete, timber, plasterboard, brick, and metal. The construction and demolition waste stream presents the next biggest opportunity to address waste to landfill for the District. 

    What changes is Council is proposing to construction and demolition waste?

    The draft bylaw provides the framework for Council to require the preparation of a waste management plan in the future, for approval prior to the commencement of consented building works. The introduction of a control to require the preparation of site waste management plans would be a decision of Council in the future, the bylaw only gives the power to do this. There will be further engagement with the local building industry to inform the types of building work that this requirement would apply to.

    What proposed changes are being made for multi-unit developments?

    The draft bylaw requires the owner and/or manager of a multi-unit development to make adequate provision for the management of all waste and recycling generated within the premises. This includes arrangements for the regular collection of waste to the satisfaction of Council.

    Can I give feedback on the kerbside waste collection service?

    This feedback process is about the Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw but if you have any issues or questions relating to your kerbside waste collection service then you can contact us on or 0800 926 732.