30 Jul 2020

Government moves to regulate harmful waste

From Nine To Noon, 9:07 am on 30 July 2020
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Producers of plastic packaging, e-waste, paint, tyres, farm plastics, refrigerants and agrichemicals will soon be required to to take environmental responsibility for their products at the end of their useful life.

The Associate Environment Minister, Eugenie Sage, announced yesterday the six products will be 'priority products' for the establishment of regulated product stewardship schemes under the Waste Minimisation Act.

The policy aims to shift the burden of waste management from communities and councils back onto those who manufacture the products.

Lynn talks with Adele Rose, Chief Executive of 3R, which develops and manages product stewardship programmes, Rachel Barker (CEO), Plastics NZ, and Marty Hoffart, Chair of the Zero Waste Network Aotearoa.