A plan development process for solid and hazardous waste management in the Manawatu-Wanganui region: a thesis presented in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Philosophy at Massey University
This thesis uses elements of the strategic and integrated planning process models to develop a planning process for solid and hazardous waste management for use by a New Zealand regional council. The desired plan outcomes are that: solid and hazardous waste are managed in such a way and at such a rate that the effects on the environment are mitigated and remedied and detrimental effects on the environment are minimised. This outcome should be achieved at a cost which is socially and economically sustainable by the regional community. The scope of the regional plan will also be restricted/ defined by the roles and mechanisms available to regional councils in New Zealand. The philosophy for solid and hazardous waste management is dynamic. The information and technology are generally available. However, action to prevent and mitigate the effects of bad waste management practices relies primarily on planned and coordinated behavioural change. Political will is therefore very important. The plan process chosen reflects the clear ends desired by the plan and the uncertainty over the means needed to achieve that end. Another problem discovered in the course of this research was the lack of integration between planning theory and planning practice. This thesis attempts to bridge that gap by using 'everyday' language.