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New Zealand Container Return Scheme

Work is underway on the co-design and cost-benefit analysis of a container return scheme for New Zealand. 

About the scheme

An estimated two billion glass, plastic, aluminium, paperboard and other single use drink containers are consumed each year in New Zealand.  Many end up in landfills or littering streets, streams, beaches and other public spaces. 

To reduce this, work is now underway on the co-design and cost-benefit analysis of a container return scheme for New Zealand. 

Auckland Council and the Marlborough District Council are leading this. They are supported by a design working group made up of stakeholder representatives. This project is funded through the Ministry’s Waste Minimisation Fund

For more information see Designing New Zealand’s container return scheme [Marlborough District Council website]. 

Related information

Work underway for beverage container return scheme [Beehive website] — Media release from Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage

Reviewed:
20/12/19