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Appendix 1: Glossary

 


This glossary explains terms used in this guide. For full definitions of key terms (marked with *) see the Act or Regulations.

Act The Waste Minimisation Act 2008.
Compliant weighbridge A compliant weighbridge is an approved calibrated weighbridge (weighing instrument) as specified under the Weights and Measures Act 1987. ‘Weighing instrument’ means any instrument or machine used for weighing any article, thing, liquid or substance; and includes weights used in connection with it.
Cover material Cover material is soil or a suitable alternative material, used to cover waste deposited in a disposal facility. Its purpose is to limit infiltration of water, control and minimise fire risk, minimise emissions of landfill gas, suppress odours, reduce flies and rodents, and decrease litter. Cover material can include soil excavated onsite or soil or other material transported from another site.
Disposal*

Disposal means:

  • any deposit of waste into or onto land set apart for that purpose unless, within six months of its deposit (or any later time that the Secretary for the Environment has agreed to in writing), the waste is:
  • reused or recycled
  • recovered or treated on the land and removed from the land for deposit elsewhere
  • removed from the land for any other reason, and
  • the deliberate burning of waste to destroy it, but not to recover energy from it.
  • the deliberate burning of waste to destroy it, but not to recover energy from it.
Disposal facility*

A waste disposal facility is:

  • a facility, including a landfill:
    • at which waste is disposed of, and
    • at which the waste disposed of includes household waste (meaning waste from a household that is not entirely from construction, renovation or demolition of the house), and
    • that operates, at least in part, as a business to dispose of waste
  • any other facility or class of facility at which waste is disposed of that is prescribed as a disposal facility.
Disposal facility operator (operator*) The operator is the person in control of a disposal facility or other facility. Many factors could be relevant in deciding who has control of a disposal facility, including who holds the resource consent for the disposal facility, who oversees the day-to-day management of the facility, who determines gate fees, etc.
Diverted material* This is defined in the Regulations as anything that is no longer required for its original purpose and, but for commercial or other waste minimisation activities, would be disposed of or discarded. Examples of diverted material include glass and paper.
Diverted tonnage* Diverted tonnage is the tonnage of waste or diverted material that is reused or recycled at the disposal facility, or is removed from the facility, not later than six months after entering the facility (or any later time agreed to by the Secretary for the Environment, in writing).
Financial year* The financial year for the purposes of the levy is 1 July to 30 June of the following year.
Gross tonnage Gross tonnage is the tonnage of waste or diverted material that enters the disposal facility.
Household waste* Any waste from a household that is not entirely from construction, renovation or demolition of the house.
In writing/written Information can be provided either electronically or on paper. Returns provided on paper must be signed and dated. All returns must include a declaration that the information is correct.
Levy collector The levy collector is the Secretary for the Environment. The Minister for the Environment has the power to appoint another person as levy collector, but has decided to leave this function with the Secretary at present.
Net tonnage The net tonnage is the amount of material the levy is paid on. It is the gross tonnage minus any diverted tonnage.
Operator* Operator means the person in control of a disposal facility or other facility.
Regulations The Waste Minimisation (Calculation and Payment of Waste Disposal Levy) Regulations 2009.
Return A return is the tonnage data entered by the disposal operator for the levy collector to calculate the levy due.
Secretary The Secretary for the Environment, who is the Chief Executive of the Ministry for the Environment.
Waste*

Waste means any thing disposed of or discarded, and:

  • includes a type of waste that is defined by its composition or source (for example, organic waste, electronic waste, or construction and demolition waste)
  • to avoid doubt, includes any component or element of diverted material, if the component or element is disposed of or discarded.
Waste Minimisation Fund The Waste Minimisation Fund is the levy money remaining after payment of refunds, distribution of shares to territorial authorities, and administration costs associated with collecting and distributing the levy money. The Minister for the Environment may approve funding of any project to promote or achieve waste minimisation.
Working day

Several deadlines exist for facility operators, such as specifying x ‘working days’ to provide specific information. Sometimes holidays intervene. If a date falls on a day that is specified in Section 29 of the Interpretation Act 1999 as not being a working day, then that item is due the next working day. The Interpretation Act states that a working day means a day of the week other than:

  • a Saturday, a Sunday, Waitangi Day, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Anzac Day, the Sovereign’s Birthday, and Labour Day
  • a day in the period beginning with 25 December in a year, and ending with 2 January in the following year
  • if 1 January falls on a Friday, the following Monday
  • if 1 January falls on a Saturday or a Sunday, the following Monday and Tuesday.