Reducing harm from waste - product stewardship


New Zealand has one of the highest rates of household waste production per capita in the OECD. Yet New Zealanders are highly concerned about waste. We rank waste as one of the three topics we are most concerned about (Ministry for the Environment surveys 2018).

Regulatory product stewardship would make producers responsible for specified problematic products at the end of life. It would ensure the costs of proper waste management are paid by producers and consumers, not communities and the environment. 

The Government is proposing having regulated product stewardship for six priority products: tyres, electrical and electronic products, agrichemicals and their containers, refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases, farm plastics, and packaging (examples are shown above).

This consultation will determine which products are included in co-design of regulated product stewardship with business and other stakeholders. It will also set guidelines for the co-design process.

How to review our proposals and submit feedback

Consultation document

See the consultation document which sets out our proposals and questions for you, and its summary.  

Making a submission

You can submit your feedback during the consultation period using one of the following options:

  1. Use our online submission tool. This is our preferred way to receive submissions.
  2. Answer the questions in the consultation document and email 

The deadline for submissions is Friday 4 October at 5pm.

Information sessions

We are holding public information sessions around New Zealand to discuss this and other proposals we are currently consulting on.  Together, these proposals will help us protect our environment and address the issues raised in Environment Aotearoa 2019.

See the public meeting timetable

See all proposals we are currently consulting on