The New Zealand Waste Strategy

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 18 January 2016

The New Zealand Waste Strategy outlines the Government's strategic direction for waste management and minimisation in New Zealand.

The New Zealand Waste Strategy 2002 was reviewed and replaced by the New Zealand Waste Strategy 2010. The ‘zero waste’ vision of the 2002 Strategy was considered too ambitious and many of its targets were unable to be measured or achieved. The New Zealand Waste Strategy has two goals. These are to:

  • Reduce the harmful effects of waste;
  • Improve the efficiency of resource use.

The strategy’s two goals provide direction to central and local government, businesses (including the waste industry) and communities on where to focus their efforts to manage waste.

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