Open consultations

This section provides links to Ministry of Environment consultations that are currently under way.

This section has been developed to provide a straight-forward way of making submissions and encouraging discussion. Please select the consultation you are interested in from the list below and follow the instructions that are provided.

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Proposal to ban the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand

The Government is seeking views on its proposed ban on the sale and manufacture of plastic microbeads in personal care products in New Zealand. This is because microbeads are non-biodegradable and when ingested can lead to health issues for marine life and life higher on the food chain including humans. The proposed ban would involve an amendment to the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

To find out more read the consultation document.

Waste 16 January 2017 5.00 pm Tuesday 28 February 2017
Proposal to extend the Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy to cover hydrofluorocarbons used as foam blowing agents

The Government is seeking views on a proposed extension of the Synthetic Greenhouse Gas Levy (SGG Levy). This proposed extension would mean the levy would be charged on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) imported as a component in formulated polyol used in the manufacture of polyurethane foam. It would directly affect importers of polyol that contains HFCs as a foam blowing agent. Foam-blowers and formulators of foam that do not contain HFCs at import will be affected indirectly.

05 December 2016 5.00 pm Friday 20 January 2017