Solid Waste Assessment

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Queenstown Lakes District Council commissions a waste assessment for the district every three years.

 This assessment includes:

  • A six-day sort-and-weigh compositional audit of kerbside rubbish and recycling in the district

  • Two four-day visual composition surveys of solid waste disposed of at Council’s Frankton and Wanaka refuse transfer stations (RTS) and Victoria Flats Landfill.

These audits and surveys are based on the methodologies recommended by the Ministry for the Environment’s Solid Waste Analysis Protocol 2002 (SWAP) and are undertaken to:

  • Assess the amount and composition of waste produced in the district 

  • Monitor changes in the waste stream over time

  • Assess the effectiveness of existing waste initiatives and identify new waste minimisation initiatives

  • Inform the development of our waste Minimisation and Management Plan.

The most recent audit of kerbside rubbish and recycling took place from 4-11 December 2019 and the results are provided in the below document (Composition of Queenstown Lakes District Kerbside Rubbish and Recycling Collections, December 2019).

The two separate four-day visual surveys of the composition of waste being disposed of at the transfer stations and Victoria Flats Landfill are scheduled to take place in 2020. The results from both visual surveys will also be published online when completed.

A summary of the results of the first of the two surveys, undertaken from 2-5 February 2020, is provided below (Interim Results of February 2020 SWAP Survey of Queenstown RTS, May 2020).

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