Waste Minimisation Act 2008

This page provides information about the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and regulations under this Act.

About the Act

The Waste Minimisation Act 2008 encourages a reduction in the amount of waste we generate and dispose of in New Zealand and aims to lessen the environmental harm of waste.

This Act also aims to benefit our economy by encouraging better use of materials throughout the product life cycle, promoting domestic reprocessing of recovered materials and providing more employment.

To encourage waste minimisation, protect the environment and provide wider social, economic and cultural benefits, the Act:

  • puts a levy on all waste disposed of in landfills to generate funding to help local government, communities and businesses reduce the amount of waste
  • establishes a process for government accreditation of product stewardship schemes which recognises those businesses and organisations that take responsibility for managing the environmental impacts of their products
  • requires product stewardship schemes to be developed for certain ‘priority products’ where there is a high risk of environmental harm from the waste or significant benefits from recovering the product
  • allows for regulations to be made to control the disposal of products, materials or waste, require take-back services, deposit fees or labelling of products 
  • allows for regulations to be made that make it mandatory for certain groups (eg, landfill facility operators) to report on waste to improve information on waste minimisation
  • clarifies the roles and responsibilities of territorial authorities with respect to waste minimisation
  • establishes the Waste Advisory Board to give independent advice to the Minister for the Environment on waste minimisation issues.

Regulations under this Act

There is one set of regulations under the Act covering the calculation and payment of the waste disposal levy.

Read the Act and regulations

Read the Act and regulations on the New Zealand Legislation website. 

Waste Minimisation Act 2008

Waste Minimisation (Calculation and Payment of Waste Disposal Levy) Regulations 2009