Until 22 May 2022 the Government is consulting with the public on its Transforming Recycling proposals. They want to know what YOU think. There are three proposals:
To find out more about these proposals you can read the full consultation document (136 pages) OR a summary document of each proposal:
The Ministry for the Environment has also made a series of short videos about the different proposals (scroll through the page to find and watch them all).
On the Ministry for the Environment website you can:
The consultation is open until 11:59pm on 22 May 2022.
If you’re short on time and mostly want to focus on the beverage container return scheme proposal, the Kiwi Bottle Drive and allies have created this excellent “sign and send” submission on the Kiwi Bottle Drive website (scroll down the home page to find). You can EITHER:
The Ministry for the Environment have held several webinars on the proposals and all the recordings are on their website.
The Zero Waste Network is also holding webinars on the proposals (these feature us because we are a part of the Zero Waste Network research team, along with Sue Coutts):
The Zero Waste Network has made its working draft submission open to the public to view so that people can see where the thinking is at and maybe take some ideas/adapt them, or use some of the wording. Again, we’re drafting this submission on behalf of the Zero Waste Network, alongside Sue Coutts!
You can find more information about “How a CRS works” and factsheets about CRS, the returns network, and the relationship between CRS and refillables on the Kiwi Bottle Drive website (under the “How CRS works” and “Resources” tabs). For ideas of actions to take and more information about the CRS proposal, check the Zero Waste Network “Action for a Container Return Scheme” page.
Broadly, we strongly support these proposals. We think they can be adapted and strengthened in several places to achieve more circular outcomes up the waste hierarchy (e.g. waste prevention, reuse systems, closed loop recycling and soil health/quality compost), and to support community resilience by prioritising local-scale, indigenous and community enterprise delivery and design of the solutions and services. Basically: