This section contains statistics on waste materials, waste types and guidance on waste management for caravan owners.
Guidance and technical information
In this section
Explains what the waste disposal levy is, why we have a levy and what happens to the money it generates. It also provides information to assist waste disposal operators and links to reviews of the levy.
Every year, New Zealanders send around 2.5 million tonnes of waste to landfill that is over a tonne of rubbish per household. The majority of this waste is not reprocessed or recycled, and doesn’t break down over time.
The Ministry recommends reusable bags over single-use plastic bag alternatives marketed as compostable or biodegradable. These alternatives can be harmful to nature if they are not processed properly.
The Freedom Camping Act is jointly administered by the Department of Internal Affairs and the Department of Conservation.