Articles tagged waste

Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage has announced changes to the country’s waste management strategy, including likely increases to the waste management levy and a plan to recycle more plastic waste.

Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage has announced changes to the country’s waste management strategy, including possible mandatory “product stewardship” of tyres.

Eight years since its introduction, the current waste disposal levy has failed to cut the amount of rubbish sent to landfill. In fact, the latest review of the scheme shows an increase in the amount of landfill and a drop in the percentage of waste that is being recycled or re-used after being sent to the dump.

Facing growing calls from local government and even from within the National Party for Government leadership on the issue of single-use plastic bags, new Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson looks likely to opt for a levy rather than a ban - and that could be good news for local charities.