Waste in New Zealand

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A truck picking up rubbish in Mount Albert, Auckland.

The management of waste in New Zealand has become more regulated to reduce associated environmental issue This should be added once more of a history is added:

In 2007 the OECD Environmental Performance Reviews for waste gave the following recommendations: [1]

  • develop national regulations for managing hazardous waste
  • expand and upgrade waste treatment and disposal facilities
  • increase regulatory support for recovery or recycling
  • clarify liability arrangements for remediation of contaminated sites






faecal matter dispose

Construction waste
Electronic waste

Electronic waste is an increasing part of the waste stream and the Ministry for the Environment are investigating ways of dealing with it.

Food waste

Landfill sites

Waste reduction[edit]

By 1996 the New Zealand cities of Auckland, Waitakere, North Shore and Lower Hutt had kerbside recycling bins available. In New Plymouth, Wanganui and Upper Hutt recyclable material was collected if placed in suitable bags.[2] By 2007 73% of New Zealanders had access to kerbside recycling.[3]


The number of landfills in New Zealand is reducing. In 1995 there were 327 and 115 in 2002 with recent estimates placing the number at over 1000.[4] Notable landfills are located at:

See also[edit]


  1. ^ OECD Environmental Performance Reviews - New Zealand. OECD Publishing. 2007. ISBN 92-64-03057-3. 
  2. ^ "The State of New Zealand's Environment". Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand). 1997. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  3. ^ Ministry for the Environment (December 2007). Environment New Zealand 2007. Ministry for the Environment (New Zealand). ISBN 978-0-478-30192-2. Retrieved 2008-03-27. 
  4. ^ "New Zealand Waste Strategy 2002 - Reviewing Progress and Moving Forward". Ministry for the Environment. November 2004. Retrieved 2009-10-10. 

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