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We have clean water, fresh air and healthy soils. Well-functioning and diverse ecosystems make up an environment that can support our needs. Resources are used efficiently. There is minimal waste and pollution.
Good air, water and soil quality, and reducing waste are all essential to maintaining a healthy environment and ensuring the sustainability of resources. Water-based recreational activities are part of an outdoor-focused way of life and it is essential that the water is of a high quality. Protecting land through open space covenants also helps maintain ecosystem diversity, along with natural and cultural heritage. Primary land uses such as agriculture, dairying and cropping are key contributors to an economy but they can have a negative influence on the environment.
16 indicators are used to measure progress towards the healthy environment outcome (defined above). Data relating to each individual indicator (for the 2001 to 2016 period) is provided via the menu below. The healthy environment index (pictured below) shows the composite average of the individual indicators.
As there is only one community outcome under environmental well-being, the same index is applied to both the well-being aspect and the community outcome area.
Natural disasters (and the cost of cleaning up after them) actually create an increase in GDP, thus counting natural disasters as a benefit to our economy. From a GPI perspective, natural disasters would be a decline in our well-being
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Material diverted from landfill is a measure of recycling, and is indicative of the community’s commitment to waste minimisation. Recycling reduces waste disposal, which is expensive and may cause environmental problems. It also saves landfill space and reduces the demand for raw materials and energy used to make the product in the first place.
Kilograms of material from kerbside and drop-off collections for recycling, divided by the estimated resident population.
Wellington region territorial authorities (councils)
Last updated March 2016
Comparable data is only available for the years shown. Indicators are updated in May and November each year; for those indicators where new data or survey results have become available.
This indicator reports the gross tonnage of waste diverted from landfill that can be measured by the region’s territorial authorities. It includes where possible: data from kerbside collections, transfer stations and landfill sites (including greenwaste, and material diverted from the tipface) as well as material collected via some council recycling centres. Cleanfill and contaminated soil are not included. Recycling data for Wairarapa only encompasses the entire Wairarapa area from 2011 onward, the composting component (estimated for all years in the time series presented) applies to Masterton only. It is not possible to obtain data relating to every diversion initiative in the region, as some are delivered by private contractors, and amongst others, adequate measurement systems have not been put in place.
While care has been taken in processing, analysing and extracting information, we cannot guarantee that the information is free from error and we shall not be liable for any loss suffered through the use, directly or indirectly, of any information, product or service.