Proposals for a New Waste Strategy – Issues and Options for New Waste Legislation

Last updated: December 15, 2021

Environment & Infrastructure

Proposals for a New Waste Strategy – Issues and Options for New Waste Legislation

Published: December 15, 2021

Stage: Ongoing

Priority: Medium

Submitting To: Ministry for the Environment (MfE)

Issue for Business: MfE has issued a Consultation Document on a broad range of issues surrounding waste policy in NZ, including proposals for new waste legislation to replace the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. The underlying theme from the Consultation Document is that NZ needs to change the way we think and live when it comes to the way we use materials. This means shifting from our current 'take-make-dispose' system and moving towards a low-waste, more circular economy.

Action: BusinessNZ has made a submission to MfE and has raised a number of issues in respect to waste policy in NZ, including the fundamental point that there is an optimal amount of waste, and that waste cannot be eliminated completely, at least without great cost.

Outcome: MfE is currently reviewing submissions before proposals are firmed up.

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