Welcome to the National Waste Data Framework Update

We would value your feedback on an update of the National Waste Data Framework.

Consultation open: Friday 9 September 2022

Consultation closes: 5pm Friday 30 September 2022

Missed a workshop?

If you were unable to attend one of the consultation workshops, recordings of the Protocols and Standard Reporting Indicators workshops are available now and the Insights Report workshops will be available 23 September.

The presentation slides are available using the links below.
Click here to submit your comments on the National Waste Data Framework update. Consultation closes at 5pm Friday 30 September.


In New Zealand, there have, to date, been few standards as to how waste data and information should be recorded, reported, and compiled. This lack of standardisation has meant it can be time-consuming and difficult to meaningfully collate and share waste data, or to accurately monitor the impacts of interventions on waste flows. 

Good waste data is important to enable the public, community, and private sectors to effectively plan, monitor, and report on waste issues and develop and prioritise solutions.

In 2015 WasteMINZ produced the National Waste Data Framework, which provided a voluntary method for Territorial Authorities to gather waste data. A copy of the 2015 Framework can be found here.

WasteMINZ, in collaboration with the Ministry for the Environment, is now updating the National Waste Data Framework to accommodate new mandatory data reporting requirements.  This update will make sure the Framework aligns with:
  • the expanded disposal facility and transfer station reporting requirements under recent regulations
  • the additional incoming data reporting requirements of disposal facilities and transfer stations and by Territorial Authorities (TAs) agreed to by Cabinet in May 2021, and
  • the proposed reporting requirements being developed as part of the transforming recycling consultation. These reporting requirements will enable councils to understand how effectively kerbside recycling collections are diverting waste from landfill.

This project involves drafting new Protocols and Standard Reporting Indicators.  The draft Protocols and Standard Reporting Indicators will then be consulted on to gain feedback on potential issues, opportunities, and gaps within these draft documents and to ensure they are clear and easy to use. Feedback provided during the consultation phase will be assessed and incorporated into the final Protocols and Standard Reporting Indicators

Additionally, an Insights report will be prepared to outline how the Framework will be implemented, managed and monitored, and how the Framework will be developed in the future.  This draft Insights report will also be consulted on with feedback incorporated into the final document, as applicable.

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​What the Update is Not Doing

The Waste Data Framework Update is not:
  • Formulating a waste data strategy for NZ
  • Superseding the voluntary protocols in the Framework – these can still be used by TAs wanting to collect waste data
  • Specifying an IT system or similar for collecting and sharing data
  • Addressing collecting activity source information on diverted materials
  • Providing guidance on how to use OWLS, TAWLES or any other data collection system.

However, if stakeholders have views on these or other matters, they may be raised in feedback for reflection in the Insights report.

​Consultation on the National Waste Data Framework Update

If you would like the opportunity to provide your feedback on these draft documents, please register your interest here and we will email you the draft documents.

We will be holding workshops to discuss the draft documents during the week of September 19. Register for one of these workshops using the links below:

This workshop will review the procedures that are proposed for gathering tonnage and Activity Source data from Regulated Facilities.  This will be a valuable workshop for anyone who runs a landfill, quarry, transfer station or industrial monofill.

This workshop will outline and discuss the proposed Standard Reporting Indictors.  The workshop will examine why the indicators were chosen, how the calculations work, and discuss their practicality and application.  This workshop will be most appropriate for TAs.

The current NWDF update does not cover all data reporting – there is a lot more that can and should be done to ensure good quality data is going to be available to everyone who needs it.  This workshop focuses on issues around gathering data and will be most relevant to TAs and facility operators.

Waste data gathering and reporting has to date focused on the needs of TAs and central government.  However, it is recognised that private operators, the community sector, businesses, and product stewardship schemes will all benefit from being able to access good quality waste data.  This workshop focuses on the wider data using community and will discuss how those needs can best be met in the future, and the role the NWDF can play.  This workshop will be appropriate for private operators, the community sector, businesses, and product stewardship schemes.

​If you would like to contact the project team directly, click the links below.