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New Zealand Overview

Published August 27, 2009

Design for Environment

In 2008 a significant piece of legislation relating to products, product stewardship and waste, entered into force in New Zealand. The Waste Minimisation Act 2008 provides a framework for product stewardship, places a levy on waste going to landfill and improves the gathering of data on waste nationwide. The Act provides for the regulatory support of accredited, voluntary product stewardship schemes for priority products. The legislation also enables the government to create regulations to mandate the establishment of product stewardship schemes if a voluntary scheme is found to be inadequate. There is also potential ability prevent the sale or distribution of products if they are not part of a stewardship scheme.

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