Background to the Waste Minimisation Act

This page outlines the history of the Waste Minimisation Act (WMA), and provides links to relevant documents produced before or while the Act went through the Parliamentary process.

History of the Waste Minimisation Act

The WMA was the result of a Private Members Bill called the Waste Minimisation (Solids) Bill [New Zealand Parliament website], introduced to Parliament by the Green Party on 4 May 2006. The Act was passed in September 2008.

Documentation

The following documents of relevance were produced before or while the Act went through the Parliamentary process.

Supplementary Order Paper that contains amendments to the Waste Minimisation (Solids) Bill [New Zealand Parliament website]

Towards a Sustainable New Zealand: Measures to minimise solid waste - Cabinet paper
Cabinet paper about measures to manage and minimise waste in accordance with the New Zealand Waste Strategy.

Regulatory impact statement: Towards a Sustainable New Zealand – Measures to Minimise Solid Waste
Solid waste and measures to minimise waste.

Regulatory impact statement: Towards a Sustainable New Zealand – Proposals for Product Stewardship
Assessing priority products and product stewardship schemes.

Recycling: Cost Benefit Analysis report (April 2007)
Report of the costs and benefits of recycling, in particular household kerbside recycling relative to landfill disposal.

Reviewed:
14/08/13