Joint waste management and minimisation plan

Under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 a review of the current Waste Management Plan is required. As a result of conducting this review, in September 2019 Nelson City Council and Tasman District Council adopted an updated Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan which outlines the Councils’ waste management and minimisation aims, requirements and activities for the region.

What's in the new plan?

The vision of the plan is that the communities of the Nelson Tasman region work together to reduce waste, with the ambition of eliminating unnecessary waste to landfill, and with a target of reducing waste to landfill by 10% per person by 2030. To do this, there are three goals:

The councils will, with the community:

  • avoid the creation of waste
  • improve the efficiency of resource use
  • reduce the harmful effects of waste

The Councils propose to use the waste hierarchy (Reduce, Reuse, Recycling, Recovery, Treatment and Disposal) to prioritise outcomes. Decisions will be guided by the principles of Global Citizenship, Kaitiakitanga (Stewardship), Product Stewardship, Full-cost Pricing, Life-cycle principle and the Precautionary Principle.


Joint Waste Management and Minimisation Plan (2.4MB PDF)

More information

Please direct any enquiries to:

David Stephenson at or +64 3 543 8483 or Terry Dwyer (03) 545 8831