Waste is one of four pressures we use to report on the state of New Zealand’s environment. The national environmental indicator we use to report on waste is solid waste disposal.
This section provides information on the quantity and composition of solid waste disposal in New Zealand.
The latest indicator update providing information on solid waste disposal to landfills, and links to previous updates.
Waste represents an inefficient use of our resources. Improperly disposed of, waste can pose a risk to human health and the environment.
The amount of waste in New Zealand has increased over time as our population and levels of production and consumption have grown.
In recent decades the amount of waste recovered from the waste stream to be reused, recycled or reprocessed has grown. However, many potentially useful materials continue to be disposed of to New Zealand landfills and cleanfills.
Last updated: 17 July 2013