The Government has now gazetted regulations to increase and expand the national waste disposal levy and reduce the increasing amount of rubbish ending up in New Zealand’s landfills, from 1 July 2021. These regulations will be in force on Thursday, 13 May 2021.

Last year, Cabinet agreed that the waste levy for landfills that take household waste will increase from the current $10 per tonne – set in 2009 – to $20 per tonne on 1 July 2021. This rate will progressively increase each year to $60 per tonne in July 2024.

The waste levy will also be applied to construction and demolition disposal facilities on 1 July 2022 and managed and controlled fill facilities on 1 July 2023. The full timeline of the waste levy expansion can be found here: https://environment.govt.nz/what-government-is-doing/areas-of-work/waste/waste-disposal-levy/about-levy/

The regulations also make some changes to how the levy is collected and administered. This includes

  • changing the definition for municipal landfills (class 1)
  • requiring disposal facilities to start keeping records of waste and submitting returns to the Ministry six months before their class of landfill becomes subject to the levy
  • altering some of the information that needs to be provided in monthly/annual returns
  • requiring that all diverted material be weighed even if it is immediately diverted

The full text of the regulations can be found here and here.

If you have any questions, please contact wastelevy@mfe.govt.nz