Tackling the waste problem
The Government recognises New Zealanders are worried about the amount of waste that goes to landfill and is committed to reducing those volumes.
The Wellbeing Budget provides $4 million over four years to help the Ministry for the Environment work on improving resource efficiency and shifting New Zealand to a zero‑waste economy.
It will build on work underway to improve the data on waste, develop mandatory product stewardship schemes for tyres, lithium batteries and refrigerants. The new funding will help implement national resource recovery work in response to China's waste ban and action on single-use and problem plastics.
"New Zealanders care deeply about reducing waste and this funding forms part of our plan to turn around New Zealand's rubbish record on waste," the Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says.
The Wellbeing Budget also provides $18 million over four years to continue the Bioresource Processing Alliance and Product Accelerator.
The Bioresource Processing Alliance co-funds and co-develops innovative products or processes that turn low-value biological waste streams into new high-value products. The Product Accelerator also helps develop technologies which create new products, new market opportunities and grow New Zealand's exports.