25.12.2 Objectives and Policies: Solid Waste

​​​​Objective Polices​
Reduce the a​​mount of solid waste generated and ultimately entering landfills.​ ​
Promote the reduction of solid waste volumes based on the following waste hierarchy.
  • Reduction
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • Recovery
  • Treatment
  • Disposal​
Promote practices that reduce the volume of solid waste generated and disposed of.​


Solid waste can be significantly reduced, reused or recycled, so that it need not take up space in landfills. As well as being an under-used resource, waste also has adverse economic and environmental effects, in terms of costs of collection services, land for disposal, and adverse effects on the receiving environment.

Hamilton’s Solid Waste Bylaw requires the licensing of persons who collect and transport waste. The granting of licenses and associated conditions include consideration of how Council’s Waste Minimisation and Management Plan and waste reduction initiatives are promoted, and require information about the quantity, source, destination and types of waste involved.

Part of the information requirements for industrial activities requiring consent is the preparation of a Waste Minimisation Plan (refer to Volume 2, Appendix​).

​Objective Policies​
Solid waste activities and facilities are manag​ed in a way that addresses adverse effects from the storage and disposal of solid waste. ​
Solid waste collection, recycling, recovery, storage, treatment and disposal activities shall be sited, designed and managed to reduce solid waste entering landfills, and minimise adverse effects on the environment.​
Ensure pleasant and functional service areas are provided in new developments for waste and recycling storage.​


Within Hamilton City there are existing services for the collection, processing, marketing and beneficial reuse of solid waste and diverted material. As a new landfill is unlikely to be established in Hamilton, more facilities such as waste transfer, reuse and recycling facilities established by Council and the private sector are anticipated and encouraged. Any waste going to a landfill should go to a landfill that is specifically designed and managed to avoid adverse effects on the environment.

Solid waste collection, recycling, recovery, storage, treatment and disposal activities can have adverse effects on the environment – including litter, smell, leachate, vermin, traffic (including heavy vehicles) and noise. The choice of location for these facilities is important, as well as management to mitigate or remedy potential adverse effects.

Activities require appropriate and functional internal and external storage space for waste and recyclables pending collection, that are easy to access by residents, businesses and waste collection agencies. The policies aim to ensure that suitable storage space is provided in these developments in a manner that recognises the amenity values of the surrounding area.

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