Taking responsibility for our waste

Closes 10 Dec 2021

Opened 15 Oct 2021


Aotearoa New Zealand is one of the highest generators of waste per person in the world. We use too much, waste too much and pollute too much – and this has negative impacts on the environment and contributes to climate change. 

Around the world, we use more resources than the planet can sustain. The way we live now is harming future generations. 

Everyone has a role to play to minimise waste and its impact on the environment. We know communities, businesses and local government are already taking a number of actions to reduce waste and make their resource use more efficient. And many are looking for ways to avoid creating waste altogether. 

Why we are consulting

We need to transform the way we think about and manage waste. 

The Government is consulting on: 

  • a proposed new waste strategy that sets an innovative bold direction for everyone to transform the way we think about and manage waste
  • issues and options for developing new more comprehensive waste legislation to regulate the management of waste, and products and materials circulating in our economy. Once developed, the new legislation would replace the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and the Litter Act 1979). 

We want to hear your views on the overall direction and detail of the strategy and the potential scope and content for new legislation. Your feedback will help shape our final proposals.

Read the full consultation document on taking responsibility for our waste [PDF, 3.5 MB]

Read the summary document on taking responsibility for our waste [PDF, 2 MB]

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