Territorial authorities contribution to minimising waste 2019/2020
The Ministry for the Environment (MfE) collects the waste disposal levy (the levy) from Disposal Facility Operators under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 (the Act).
In 2019/20, MfE collected $35 million. Half of this (around $17.4 million) was distributed to New Zealand’s 67 Territorial Authorities (TAs) as required by the Act. Distribution to TAs is on a population basis, with the Auckland region receiving the most funding ($6 million) and Chathams Island receiving the least ($1700).
The levy may only be spent on promoting or achieving the waste minimisation activities set out in waste management and minimisation plans (WMMPs). These can be found on each Territorial Authority website.