WasteMINZ’s Product Stewardship Sector Group was established in 2018, following a survey of our members regarding regulated product stewardship.   Ninety six percent of respondents were in favour of priority product designation for problematic waste streams. 

WasteMINZ CE Janine Brinsdon, acknowledged that the waste streams our members identified as their priorities were aligned to those included in the government’s announcement, Friday 9 August, made by Hon. Eugenie Sage.

“New Zealand has benefited from several robust voluntary schemes that are currently MfE accredited, and we acknowledge their contribution which has led to today’s announcement.  However, there is a need for a level playing field for those invested in minimising and managing the end of product lifecycle.  The release of the government’s proposed priority products and priority product stewardship guideline consultation will create the opportunity to design and deliver that national consistency.” Janine says. 

For over ten years the mechanism to establish regulated product stewardship schemes has existed in New Zealand via the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. Although previous governments carried out consultation on priority products in 2009 and 2014, this is the first action by government to create a framework for co-designed, regulated product stewardship.  

The government is committed to consultation to ensure that the regulated product stewardship framework is appropriate to New Zealand’s aspirations and conditions and will enable those potentially effected by product stewardship schemes, such as industry, councils and recyclers, to have input into the solution and programme design.

The two-stage consultation process is:

  1. Stage one consults on the proposed declaration of six priority products and ministerial guidelines to clarify expected outcomes and attributes of accredited priority product schemes.
  2. Stage two will consult progressively by product group through 2019-21 on proposed Waste Minimisation Act regulations.

Consultation is open from 9 August 2019.  Submissions close 5pm, Friday 4 October 2019. Full Consultation Documents are available to view here.

WasteMINZ will survey our membership through our relevant sector groups, and your views will inform our representation to the Ministry.  We also encourage our members to make their own individual or organisational submissions – further details are available here on the process.