Eunomia Research & Consulting undertook research to improve understanding of the impacts of possible changes to the structure and rate of the Waste Disposal Levy.  

The study, which was commissioned by a consortium of businesses and councils, showed that there are likely to be real benefits for NZ through putting in place a well-structured levy regime. The research found there would be significant benefits in terms of waste minimisation, employment, and the economy. Key features should include:

  • Extending the levy to all types of fills
  • A large increase in the rate of the levy
  • A differential between ‘active’ waste and ‘inert’ waste
  • An escalation to the target rates over time
  • Increased monitoring and enforcement, and
  • Targeted spending of levy income.

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