Auckland is the world’s biggest waste recycling centre and the first in New Zealand to be recognised as a Waste Exchange.
But the council’s director of waste management says there is no shortage of waste left on site and the city has not managed the waste efficiently.
“There’s still waste out there.
There’s some rubbish out there that we don’t get to recycle,” said Peter Deacon, manager of waste recycling at Auckland Council.
Auckland Council has just published its first Waste Exchange report and Deacon said it was a significant step forward.
We can do this in a way that minimises our impact and minimises the impact of what we’re doing, he said.
In 2017, the city recycled around 40 per cent of the city’s waste.
The council says the latest data shows it has made significant progress since then.
The council said the rate of recycling is currently at 40 per year, with about 50 per cent coming from the landfill.
Deacon said the city would continue to make progress and said the next step was to have the city recyclable at least 75 per cent by 2020.
It would take time to develop the technology, but there would be a process to do it, he added.
Some people may have to look at changing their diet and move to other parts of the country, Deacon added.
“If you’re living in a rural area, you may want to consider moving to a bigger city, but I think it’s a reasonable move.”
A city is a collection of people, Deacons said.
“We are a collection, and we have to be responsible stewards of it.
If we have a city with a very high waste problem, and the waste we recycle doesn’t get recycled back to us, then we’re going to be in a very poor position.”
It was important to find a solution that maximised the sustainability of the centre, Deamon said.
But he said it would be difficult to make significant progress in the next 10 years.
He said Auckland was “still a very, very, rough city” with a long way to go.
But, he pointed out, the council had the resources to make changes to the city and reduce the number of tonnes of waste.
City council is currently undertaking a survey to look into the impact on waste management and waste recycling.