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Fixing our Fibre Problem: Paper and Cardboard Does Not Belong in Landfill

Fixing our Fibre Problem: Paper and Cardboard Does Not Belong in Landfill

When conversations about waste come up, it’s very common for plastic to steal all the air time. However, zero waste is not just about plastic (which, after all, is only one waste stream among many). Zero waste is about being mindful of all the resources […]

Joint Submission on Government’s Landfill Levy Proposals

At the end of last year the Ministry for the Environment released a consultation document proposing an increase and expansion of the waste disposal levy (the landfill levy), improvements in waste data, and a plan for how to invest the extra levy revenue. The proposal is […]

Govt Consultation on Landfill Levy, Waste Data and More: An Explainer from the Zero Waste Community

Govt Consultation on Landfill Levy, Waste Data and More: An Explainer from the Zero Waste Community

Ngā mihi mō te tau hou! At the end of last year the Ministry for the Environment released an 81 page tome announcing a proposal to increase and expand the waste disposal levy (the landfill levy), improve waste data, and make a plan for how […]

Waste-to-Energy: Sending Zero Waste Up in Flames

Waste-to-Energy: Sending Zero Waste Up in Flames

Key Points Waste-to-energy incineration proposals for municipal solid waste are popping up around NZ. Regardless of what waste-to-energy proponents claim, burning rubbish is not zero waste. It’s a continuation of the linear ‘take-make-dispose’ economy, which is unsustainable and the anathema of zero waste. We need […]

Demystifying the Govt consultation on Proposed Priority Products and Product Stewardship Scheme Guidelines

Demystifying the Govt consultation on Proposed Priority Products and Product Stewardship Scheme Guidelines

The Government is proposing to regulate a whole bunch of problematic wasteful items (finally) and they’re consulting on it RIGHT NOW. Submissions close on Friday 4 October 2019 at 5pm. We strongly encourage you to make a submission. You can do so here. The overwhelming […]

Sh*t Just Got Real! Government Consulting on Product Stewardship

Sh*t Just Got Real! Government Consulting on Product Stewardship

Everyone! Sh*t just got real!  On Friday 9 August 2019, Minister Eugenie Sage MP announced the Government will be consulting on a proposal to declare a range of problematic waste streams “priority products”, by the end of this year! This would mean that a product stewardship […]

What to Do About Single-Use or ‘Avoidable’ Plastics and Plastic Packaging?

What to Do About Single-Use or ‘Avoidable’ Plastics and Plastic Packaging?

*** This post was updated in October 2019 to reflect recent waste policy developments*** Key Points The zero waste approach to plastics reduction focuses on replacing single-use plastics and plastic packaging with reusable alternatives (rather than single-use disposables made of other materials). The New Zealand Government […]

Getting Down to Business: advocating for businesses to reduce their waste

Getting Down to Business: advocating for businesses to reduce their waste

Getting in touch with businesses who you reckon could do more on the waste front is a great way to make changes. People often believe that their one letter or phone call won’t make a difference, but it can be surprising the changes small groups of people […]

Trashing Waste: an article in the New Zealand Journal, Policy Quarterly

Trashing Waste: an article in the New Zealand Journal, Policy Quarterly

Recently, Hannah published an article in the journal Policy Quarterly about New Zealand’s waste policy. See the PDF below for the full issue (Hannah’s article starts on p.13). The article focuses on the neglect of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008, the impact that decades of virtual non-action […]

Use Whose Containers? The Legality of BYO containers for Food Purchases in New Zealand

Use Whose Containers? The Legality of BYO containers for Food Purchases in New Zealand

*** UPDATE! We had success! In mid-2019, Foodstuffs (North Island only) and Countdown (nationwide) announced they now officially accept BYO containers at their delis *** Key Points Bringing your own containers to food outlets that sell unpackaged food is a great way to reduce waste. […]