In the South
Waste management is one of the most contentious issues that decision makers ever have to tackle.
Over the last decade in Southland, we've seen tempers flare and conflict erupt publicly on more than one occasion over rubbish or recycling.
At the local level, waste decisions (like where to site a new landfill) are the domain of councils, who seek input from council staff, consultants, and the local community. However, central government takes a somewhat different approach, with Environment Minister Amy Adams receiving independent advice from a specially appointed "Waste Advisory Board".
The board members are appointed following a public call for nominations, and selected to represent a wide range of skills and experience, covering everything from community group backgrounds through to corporate finance and engineering.
For example, current board members include: Rob Fenwick (Chair), who is Director of Living Earth New Zealand and chairman of Antarctica New Zealand.
Tina Porou, the Ohaaki Consenting Manager for Contact Energy with a focus on tangata whenua engagement.
Dr Trevor Stuthridge, the Sustainable Design General Manager at the Crown Research Institute, Scion.
David Carter, Group Environment and Business Continuity Director for Lion Corporation and an engineer of 30 years.
John Pask - economist with Business New Zealand and past Deputy Policy Director of Federated Farmers.
Sheryl Stivens - Community stalwart, WasteBusters' Trust Canterbury past General Manager and Executive Board member of Recycling Operators of New Zealand We think this model for decision- making is excellent, as it enables a cross-section of society to work through an issue together, and could easily be replicated to provide well- balanced waste advice at the local level also.
For more waste information, contact your local council or environment centre.
To join Wastebusters, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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