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Less waste makes for a greater place


Public consultation has opened for something important across the Wellington region – reducing waste in the places we live, work and play.

The Wellington Region Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2023–2029 (WMMP) is in the process of being updated and we want to hear what people think for the future of waste in the places they love.

All eight councils in the Wellington region – Masterton, Carterton, South Wairarapa, Upper Hutt, Hutt City, Wellington, Porirua and Kāpiti Coast – have come together to draft this plan, which is updated every six years.

It outlines how the eight councils, mana whenua, and the community, including residents, industry, enterprises, organisations, and visitors, can work together to transform how we generate, manage, and minimise waste in the Wellington region.

The WMMP is developed as part of a legal requirement for all councils under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

“An important part of this plan is helping people to change the way they think about waste,” says Porirua Mayor Anita Baker.

“Our current system of using something once, then throwing it away, is increasingly being recognised as a significant contributor to climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution.”

As part of updating the WMMP, each council has come up with their own Local Action Plan that outlines what they plan to do to manage and reduce waste over the next few years.

Porirua City Council’s Local Action Plan covers a range of actions designed to help the city shift away from just managing waste and instead focus more on reducing, reusing, and recycling.

Consultation on the WMMP and local action plans is open until 1 September. The statement of proposal and draft WMMP can be found at

You can either fill out a submission form online or find printed versions at our libraries and the Council admin building. Keep an eye on our Facebook page for information about drop-in sessions that will be happening this month.

1 Aug 2023