Nelson Marlborough Health's Public Health Service works with regional councils to protect public health under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and Resource Management Act frameworks.

Councils are responsible for managing regional waste systems. They are also responsible for the re-entry of treated waste or waste by-products into the environment.

The associated public health risks include:

  • the escape of landfill gas and leachate
  • contamination of rivers and beaches due to sewage effluent