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We encourage you to send feedback using the electronic submission form available on the Ministry’s website at: http://www.mfe.govt.nz/survey/x09wastediscdoc.htm
Please use the following questions to guide your feedback. You do not have to answer every question.
Please include the following information with your submission:
Use the following questions to guide your feedback on the proposed targets. You do not have to answer every question.
What is your view on each of the 14 proposed targets listed below?
Is the timeframe for achieving each proposed target realistic?
Are there any additional high-level targets you would like to propose? If so, what is the waste issue you think the proposed target should address, what information is available to monitor progress towards the target, and what timeframe do you think should apply?
Target 1: By 2015, reduce the quantity of waste (tonnes) disposed to landfill per person per year by 20 per cent relative to an established 2010 baseline.
Target 2: By 2010, have a system in place for the ongoing monitoring of the composition of waste to landfill.
Target 3: By 2012, have a system in place for the ongoing monitoring of the composition of organic waste, the amount disposed of at landfills and diverted from the waste stream.
Target 4: By 2012, have a system in place for the ongoing monitoring of the generation and composition of construction and demolition waste, the amount diverted from the waste stream and the amount disposed of.
Target 5: By 2012, the Ministry for the Environment will have established a national tracking system for all hazardous waste.
Target 6: By 2011, the Ministry for the Environment will have investigated the need for, and propose if warranted, regulatory standards for storage, transport, recycling, recovery, treatment and disposal of hazardous wastes.
Target 7: By 2012, specific industries will develop at least three accredited product stewardship schemes that increase the recovery or recycling of the hazardous components of waste.
Target 8: By 2014, specific industries will develop at least two other accredited product stewardship schemes that result in a reduction in hazardous substance production at source.
Target 9: By 2015, regional councils will have established satisfactory systems to record information on contaminated sites and will have assessed which sites pose a high environmental risk.
Target 10: By 2020, regional councils will have investigated all contaminated sites identified by 2015 as high risk, and will be implementing an action plan for their management and/or remediation.
Target 11: By 2015, all waste disposal facilities (including wastewater treatment plants, landfills, cleanfills and onsite wastewater systems) will be meeting existing regulatory standards and will be consented if this is a requirement.
Target 12: By 2010, the Ministry for the Environment will assess the need for a national environmental standard addressing environmental management of solid waste disposal facilities.
Target 13: By 2012, the Ministry for the Environment will have implemented a waste monitoring and reporting programme to generate consistent data on national waste streams including waste to cleanfills and other disposal sites (eg, industrial landfills).
Target 14: By 2012, the Ministry for the Environment will work with local authorities to develop a national reporting template that councils will use to report to the Ministry on progress against their waste management and minimisation plans and other waste-related activities.
Use the following questions to guide your feedback on indentifying products that are priorities for product stewardship. You do not have to answer every question. Please list your feedback on each product separately. You may identify up to five products.
Which products do you think should be the highest priority for a mandatory product stewardship scheme? These may already be one of the products we have identified, or they may be other products you think we should consider.
Is there anything else we need to consider?
Note that the responses will help assess which products may be candidates for product stewardship. Before any declaration of priority products under the Act or other regulation occurs there will be a further consultation round and a regulatory impact statement will be prepared.
Use the following questions to guide your feedback on criteria for the Waste Minimisation Fund. You do not have to answer every question.
Are the criteria identified by the Ministry for the Environment appropriate for determining projects that may be funded by the Waste Minimisation Fund?
Use the following questions to guide your feedback on our proposals for monitoring the composition of waste disposed of to landfills in New Zealand. You do not have to answer every question.
Do you consider that waste facility operators should be required to supply data on the composition of waste disposed of at landfills?
If so, are the waste classifications proposed the right ones?
What are the practical implications of gathering this compositional data?
Do you think it will impose additional costs on landfill operators, what will those costs be, and do you think they are reasonable?
Can you suggest other options for obtaining compositional data that would be more efficient and effective?
Use the following questions to guide your feedback on improving the operation of the waste levy. You do not have to answer every question.
What is the maximum amount of cover material required for effective environmental management purposes (up to 10 per cent of the weight of waste deposited in the landfill)?
Should material used for environmental management purposes be exempt from the waste levy? If not, why not?
Please post, deliver or email your completed form to:
Waste Discussion Document Submissions
Ministry for the Environment
PO Box 10362
Submissions close at 5.00 pm on Friday 15 May 2009.