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Mandatory product stewardship

This page describes mandatory product stewardship and the criteria for priority products under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008.

What is mandatory product stewardship?

Product stewardship is mandatory for products that are declared priority products by the Minister for the Environment.

Under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, the Minister can declare products to be priority. Priority products must be managed through accredited product stewardship schemes. 

The Minister has not yet declared any priority products.

Criteria for priority products

Before declaring a priority product the Minister must be satisfied that the following criteria are met.

  1. The product will or may cause significant environmental harm when it becomes waste, or
  2. There are significant benefits from reduction, reuse, recycling, recovery, or treatment of the product, and
  3. The product can be effectively managed under a product stewardship scheme.

Any priority product declaration will be notified in the New Zealand Gazette. If required, ministerial guidelines about the product stewardship schemes will be provided.

Before new regulations are passed and any priority product declaration is made, the Ministry for the Environment will consult with those who may be affected by the regulations. This includes manufacturers and brand owners who sell their product in New Zealand and any scheme managers who have an existing accredited product stewardship scheme for the same product.