In May 2018, we surveyed WasteMINZ members to determine their views on product stewardship. 101 responses were received from both individual and organisational members of WasteMINZ.
We have recently established a Product Stewardship Sector Group to advance the member priorities established through this research, primarily advancing mandatory schemes for:
While a Container Deposit Scheme is not proposed to be dealt with specifically via this Steering Committee, there will be liaison with the Container Deposit Scheme working group that has already been established by the TA Forum.
The newly elected steering committee consists of the following WasteMINZ members.
|Alec McNeil||Marlborough District Council|
|Alexandra Kirkham||Auckland Council|
|Francesca Lipscombe||The New Zealand Ecolabelling Trust|
|Laurence Zwimpfer||eDay Trust|
|Marty Hoffart||Waste Watchers|
|Rebecca Maiden||Tauranga City Council|
|Sarah Clare||3R Group Ltd|
The steering committee had their first meeting on Tuesday 20 November 2018 and the minutes can be viewed here.
How can I access more information?
To find out more about this sector group or to join (so that you can receive information about the sector group), please contact our Product Stewardship Sector Group Coordinator Sarah Pritchett or call her on 021 08254 606.
Lithium ion batteries
Vector have initiated a Battery Leaders Group to investigate circular economy solutions and end of life management of large batteries, with a focus on lithium ion. They will be launching a wider industry working group to create a product stewardship framework for large batteries and Vector will be releasing the research they commissioned on the current state of large lithium ion batteries in Aotearoa. If you are interested in attending the launch event please contact [email protected].
Product Stewardship Roadmap
Drawing from their Ministry for the Environment accredited product stewardship scheme, Fuji Xerox New Zealand has created a free step-by-step Product Stewardship Roadmap to help businesses develop product stewardship schemes as a first step to a circular economy. The Roadmap shares case studies and other helpful resources.
Ministry for the Environment accredited Product Stewardship Schemes
There are currently 12 Ministry for the Environment accredited voluntary schemes. Their profiles can be viewed here.
Information about how to apply for your own product stewardship scheme to be accredited is available from the Ministry for the Environment.
The Associate Minister for the Environment recently announced plans to implement product stewardship schemes for problematic waste streams including vehicle tyres, e-waste (starting with lithium-ion batteries), agrichemicals and synthetic greenhouse gases.
Other Product Stewardship organisations
The EDay Trust advocates for sustainable and responsible e-waste collection and recycling in New Zealand.
The New Zealand Product Stewardship Council is an independent voice for effective product stewardship on behalf of the wider community.
Kiwi Bottle Drive is an organisation that is campaigning for a container deposit scheme.