Plan to recharge recycling

Date:  10 May 2019

Media release from Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage

Today the Government announced another part of its plan to help turn around New Zealand’s rubbish record on waste.

“New Zealanders care deeply about reducing waste. That’s why I’m pleased to announce the next steps we’re taking to improve kerbside and commercial recycling, reduce contamination of recyclables so more materials can be recovered, and increase onshore processing of plastics and other materials,” said Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage today.  

The next steps in the work programme are the result of a taskforce set up last year to respond to the Chinese Government’s ban on the import of many recycling materials.

“The taskforce looked at how our resource recovery system is functioning, how we can support more onshore processing of recyclables, and help New Zealand shift to a circular economy approach where products are better designed so that more materials can be  recovered and re-used,” Eugenie Sage said.

Read more on the Beehive website

Find out more about the proposals:

Proposals for short to medium term responses to national sword

National Resource Recovery Project situational analysis report

National Resource Recovery Taskforce: New Zealand's options in response to effects created by the implementation of the National Sword Policy