Applying for voluntary product stewardship accreditation

This page outlines how to apply for voluntary accreditation of your product stewardship scheme under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. 

What do schemes need for accreditation?

For a scheme to be accredited, it must demonstrate that it can minimise waste and achieve reductions in environmental harm.  

A scheme is assessed against requirements outlined in Part 2 of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 [New Zealand Legislation website].

How are schemes assessed?

A scheme is assessed by an external assessor commissioned by the Ministry for the Environment. The external assessor determines whether the scheme meets the criteria set out under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.
Following the independent assessment, the Minister for the Environment is briefed to consider the applications for accreditation.

Why apply for accreditation?

Accreditation is a form of Government recognition. Once accredited, organisations are allowed to publicise that their scheme has been accredited by the Minister for the Environment under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

Scheme managers have also found the Ministry’s accreditation assessment process helps them to identify areas where their scheme could be strengthened. Well-managed product stewardship schemes can generate brand loyalty.

When should you apply?

Applications can be made all year round, however the Ministry for the Environment encourages applications for accreditation of voluntary product stewardship schemes to be made between 1 and 30 April each year.

Application form 

You can access the application form from our website in the following formats:

Once you have completed the form, scan and email or post it to the Ministry for the Environment. See our contact details at the bottom of this page.

Please note that the applicant is responsible for the cost of preparing the application and for all ongoing costs of administering and operating the scheme. The Ministry does not charge a fee for the accreditation assessment process.

Guidance documents

Guidance documents for the product stewardship accreditation application process:

Guidance following accreditation

Contact information

For further advice or to send your completed application email:

Or post to:

Product Stewardship Accreditation
Ministry for the Environment
PO Box 10362
Wellington 6143