The Ministry for the Environment is looking for feedback on proposals to amend the Imports and Exports (Restrictions) Prohibitions Order (No 2) 2004 (Imports and Exports Order). 

New international requirements (under the Basel Convention) for the trade in plastic waste come into effect on 1 January 2021.  The Government is proposing amendments to the Imports and Exports Order to meet this international requirement.

Under these amendments, imports and exports of most mixed plastic waste will require a permit.

Imports and exports of separated plastic waste suitable for recycling, and mixtures of PET, PE and PP, will not require a permit.

The Ministry is seeking industry feedback on two proposed approaches to amend the Imports and Exports Order. Both proposals would amend the Imports and Exports Order to include mixed plastic waste in the permitting system. However, they differ on whether to have specifications for separated plastic waste.

Option 1 (preferred option) – Permits for mixed plastic waste, without specifications for imports and exports of separated plastic waste

Option 2 – Permits for mixed plastic waste, with specifications for imports and exports of separated plastic waste (such as a specific maximum rate for contamination).

If you would like to provide feedback on the proposals, please email basel@mfe.govt.nz  for a copy of the consultation documents. The consultation period closes on 5pm on 22 May 2020.