Waste management bylaw

The Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2020 helps us manage waste in Hutt City.

About the Bylaw

The Bylaw helps us manage the negative impacts of waste on the environment, and protect the health and safety of the public and people involved in waste management.

It gives more detail on how we dispose of waste and how we manage specific kinds of waste.

Solid Waste Management and Minimisation Bylaw 2021 (PDF 385KB)

Multi-unit developments

Owner and/or managers of existing or planned multi-unit developments (MUDs) must make adequate provision for the management of all waste, recycling and organic material generated on the premises.

If a MUD has 5 or more units/apartments, we recommend a shared waste storage area.

MUD Guidance brochure (PDF 5.14 MB)

Note: Compliance with the bylaw is required when you have 10 or more units. Talk to the Resource Consents team to develop an appropriate waste management and collection plan.

Waste at Events

We encourage event organisers to reduce litter and waste at events.

From 25 January 2022 (clause 13 of the Bylaw), if you’re running an event with more than 1,000 people, you must submit an event waste minimisation plan to the Council for approval.

Waste Minimisation Guide (PDF 3.75MB)

Event Packaging Guidelines (PDF 3.8 MB)

Construction and demolition sites

Most materials from construction/demolition sites can be reused or recycled and we encourage developers to minimise litter and waste.

From 25 January 2022 (clause 14 of the Bylaw), anyone applying for building consent for building work with an estimated value of $2 million or higher must submit a construction site and demolition waste management plan to Council for approval. This must happen before any building work starts.


Unaddressed mail and advertising material

The new Bylaw prohibits people putting unaddressed or advertising material:

  • in any letterbox which is clearly marked "no circulars", "no junk mail", "addressed mail only" or words of similar effect, or around or near any such letterbox or associated vehicle access way
  • on any vehicle parked in a public place
  • in a letterbox that is already full of mail and/or advertising material.