Current waste issues
We're researching several categories of waste that affect Canterbury and have national relevance.
We're working with various stakeholders including the Waikato Regional Council, the New Zealand Fire Service, the Ministry for the Environment and industry to resolve issues with end-of-life tyre management.
The safe disposal of asbestos waste from demolition and earthquake repairs is a priority for Environment Canterbury and other government agencies.
Find out more about managing asbestos waste here.
Treated timber is a hazardous waste and currently the only viable option for its disposal in Canterbury is landfilling.
Not only is this costly, but we also get nothing back from this waste. We don't reuse, recycle or recover energy from it because of the difficulty of dealing with the treatment of chemicals in the timber.
We need to look at alternative options in Canterbury, and wider New Zealand, which aim to reuse, recycle or recover energy from treated timber and start using this waste as a resource.
Treated Timber Waste Minimisation Project
The Treated Timber Waste Minimisation Project was completed in December 2013.
It tested the feasibility of, and subsequently developed, a sustainable business model for the large scale collection and reuse, recycling and/or recovery of hazardous treated timber waste.
It had a particular focus on earthquake-related building and demolition waste.
The Governments' Waste Minimisation Fund provided $145,000 towards the total project cost of $190,900.
Environment Canterbury, the Building Research Association of New Zealand, Scion and the Canterbury Waste Joint Committee also contributed to the cost of the project.