A Wasted Opportunity – Using the Waste Disposal Levy to Create Economic & Environmental Advantage for Aotearoa New Zealand

3rd July 2017

by Tanzir Chowdhury, Tim Elliott, Dr Dominic Hogg, Laurence Elliott

This study, commissioned by the New Zealand Waste Levy Action Group, maps out how, by raising and restructuring its waste disposal levy – currently just $10 (£5) per tonne – New Zealand could boost its gross value added (GVA) by $500 million (£287m).

The New Zealand Waste Levy Action Group, a consortium of public and private sector organisations, published this report at a time when New Zealand’s Ministry for the Environment (MfE) is reviewing the levy – currently one of the lowest in the developed world.

The report maps out an effective transition to the new system using a waste disposal levy escalator process over 7 years, echoing the process that saw UK recycling rates increase dramatically in the 2000s. It also outlines an implementation programme with suggested timings and actions.

This summary report is available free of charge. Press the orange button and supply a few details about yourself in order to access the download.