To keep this measure proportional to the people living in the district and to make it comparable, we calculate this indicator as the total amount of waste produced divided by the number of people living in Buller (average amount of waste in kilograms per resident per month).
Reduce contaminated recycling
Contaminated recycling causes a lot of work and extra cost for ratepayers. Often, if recycling is highly contaminated, the entire batch of recycling has to go to landfill – even the clean and recyclable materials in the mix. To know how much of the recycling collected is contaminated and disposed of to landfill, Council captures this as a percentage of the total amount of recyclable material collected. This is an indicator of residents’ behaviour, capturing how well residents follow the recycling guidelines. We all have a role to play in getting this right.
Increase the amount of recycling
Two factors can positively influence this measure – either the total amount of waste reduces and/or the amount of recycling material increases. If we reduce waste material and recycle right, ultimately this measure should increase. The key is to move Buller towards generating a better managed waste footprint. With this indicator, we look at the big picture and tie refuse minimisation and recycling right together.
We monitor these indicators monthly.