The collaborative plan was approved by both Councils in April 2012 and recognises the cross-boundary issues each Council faces in waste management and minimisation. The plan provides common goals, objectives and policies across the region, to reduce waste and increase recycling. There is also flexibility for each council to choose different methods to achieve results.
The plan is currently going through its six-yearly review.
The Nelson City Council and the Tasman District Council have a statutory responsibility to promote effective and efficient waste minimisation and, for this purpose, to adopt a waste management and minimisation plan.
As required by the Waste Minimisation Act, the Councils carried out a joint waste assessment. The Councils each made a decision that a Joint Waste Management plan be developed.