Common actions identified in the WMMPs included increasing kerbside recycling, organic waste collections (10/16 councils), RTS management and pricing, improving data collection, actioning solid waste bylaws, improving infrastructure, collaboration – including lobbying of central government (for example on product stewardship), communications and education, and facilitating reuse. Common themes in the WMMPs include:
- concerns around the Emissions Trading Scheme and rising disposal costs
- the ongoing presence of recyclables in the residual waste stream, even with recycling services in place
- lack of appropriate or sufficient facilities for waste and diverted materials within the districts or regions
- lack of data, both for council-controlled waste streams and those managed by the private sector
- opportunities to save costs and/or increase efficiency and effectiveness through collaboration
- significant proportions of organic waste in the residual waste stream
- addressing specific waste types such as hazardous and agricultural wastes.