Reducing waste: A more effective landfill levy

Sorting of waste for recycling

New Zealand has a waste problem. We are disposing more and more waste into landfill.

The landfill levy is one of the most effective tools we have to help us change. The Government is proposing to increase the levy and apply it to more landfill types. We are keen to get your feedback on the proposals. 

Review the proposals

Consultation documents

Reducing waste: a more effective landfill levy consultation document 

Summary of consultation document

Cost-benefit analysis of the proposals

The Ministry has commissioned the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research to carry out a cost-benefit analysis of the proposals to increase the levy rate and apply it to more landfills. We anticipate publishing that cost-benefit analysis on this web page, in early December 2019.

Webinars on the proposals

These webinars are an opportunity to hear more about the proposals and to ask questions.

DAte Time For Register
12 December 11.30am–1.00pm Businesses and Industry

Register here

16 December 9.30am–11.00am Community groups Register here 
 17 December 12.30pm–2.00pm

Construction and


Register here 
To be confirmed To be confirmed

General Public

We will set up a webinar if we have enough interest. 

Register your interest by emailing:

Make a submission

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

  • Use the online submission tool. This is the preferred way to receive submissions.
  • Answer the questions in the consultation document and email 
  • Or post your answers to: Waste disposal levy expansion consultation, Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143.  

The deadline for submissions is 3 February 2020 at 5pm.

Information on publishing and releasing submissions

Next steps

  • After the consultation has ended MfE will prepare a report that summarises submissions. We will then make recommendations to the Minister taking into account the feedback.
  • If Cabinet approves the policy proposals they will take effect in phases from mid-2020 or mid-2021 (depending on which option is chosen).
  • By July 2023 all new levy rates are proposed to be in place.

Watch this video on how one company is diverting waste from landfill