This page outlines the functions of the Waste Advisory Board and terms of reference.
About the board
The Waste Advisory Board is established under Part 7 of the Waste Minimisation Act. It provides advice to the Minister for the Environment on waste minimisation matters.
Functions of the board
The board provides the Minister for the Environment with waste minimisation advice upon request.
The Waste Minimisation Act states that the Minister must request the board’s advice on:
- declaring a product to be a ‘priority product’ under the Act (which requires it to have a product stewardship scheme)
- making guidelines about the contents and expected effects of product stewardship schemes for priority products
- accrediting a product stewardship scheme that is not consistent with published guidelines
- recommending the making of regulations prohibiting the sale of a priority product except in accordance with an accredited scheme
- recommending the making of regulations on products, materials and waste
- setting or modifying criteria for approving funding of a project from waste disposal levy funds
- reviewing the effectiveness of the waste disposal levy
- recommending the making of regulations on the imposition or rate of the waste disposal levy
- recommending the making of regulations on records, information and reports.
The Minister for the Environment may also request the board's advice on wider waste minimisation matters.
Terms of reference
The board provides advice within the terms of reference set by the Minister for the Environment. The board is supported by a secretariat based at the Ministry for the Environment.
Read the Waste Advisory Board's Terms of Reference [PDF, 1.17 MB].