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Tackling waste

New Zealanders throw away approximately 3.5 million tonnes of household waste per year. That’s putting growing pressure on our landfills and taking a toll on our environment.

In 2008, New Zealand introduced the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. The Act encourages people to reduce the amount of waste we generate and dispose of in New Zealand. The aim is to reduce the environmental harm of waste and provide economic, social and cultural benefits for New Zealand. The Act introduced the Waste Disposal Levy which is a levy of $10 per tonne (excluding GST) on all waste sent to landfills that accept household waste. The revenue generated from the levy provides territorial authorities with money to spend on waste minimisation and is used to fund waste minimisation projects through the Waste Minimisation Fund.

To date over $60 million has been awarded to more than 130 projects from the Waste Minimisation Fund. By supporting these projects, the fund increases resource efficiency, reuse, recovery and recycling, and decreases waste to landfill. Projects funded to date include the Public Place Recycling Scheme, the Love Food Hate Waste campaign, and the Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme.

LoveNZ – helping New Zealanders put the Love back into recycling!

In 2007, LOVE NZ was launched to coincide with the Rugby World Cup of that year. It is a nationwide campaign to get more people recycling.

Since its inception, government, councils and businesses have, under the LOVE NZ brand, provided more than 1,000 recycling bins in public places and for events. Nearly 300 companies - who are members of The Packaging Forum in New Zealand - now participate in the public place recycling scheme.

In 2016, LOVE NZ launched a recycling soft plastics campaign, with recognisable green bins in supermarkets and other public places. Funding for the public place recycling scheme and soft plastics scheme is mainly from the Government's Waste Minimisation Fund. ​

What can you do? All New Zealanders can do their bit to help. Check out these great websites for tips on how your household can contribute.

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