WasteMINZ welcomes the release today of the announcement of a new waste strategy consultation paper from The Ministry for the Environment. It is great news that our sector has been invited to have its say on proposals for the new legislation.

Environment Minister David Parker said today “Reducing waste is one of the issues all New Zealanders – especially younger Kiwis – care deeply about.”

“New Zealand is one of the highest generators of waste per person in the world. On average, every year each New Zealander sends approximately 750kgs of waste to landfill, and much of this could be recycled, re-processed or reused.”

“In 2019, waste contributed about 4 per cent of Aotearoa New Zealand’s total greenhouse gas emissions and around 9 per cent of its biogenic methane emissions. We can do better, and New Zealanders are demanding change.”

David Parker today released the consultation paper ‘Taking responsibility for our waste, Te Kawe i te haepapa para’, which seeks feedback on a new national waste strategy that sets a bold new direction for the next three decades.

Feedback will help shape the final proposals for reform and WasteMINZ members will get the opportunity to be part of that process. A Webinar for the Waste Stategy, WMA and Litter Act legislation will be held on Thursday 28 October. If you are interested please register here.

Once developed, new legislation will replace the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and Litter Act 1979. Consultation will run for six weeks until 26 November 2021. The consultation document and online submission forms are available here and on the Ministry for the Environment’s website.