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On 25 September 2008, the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 (the Act) was introduced to encourage waste minimisation and decrease waste disposal in New Zealand. Under the Act, a $10 per tonne (excluding GST) levy on all waste sent to landfill was imposed from 1 July 2009. The levy is designed to encourage people and organisations to rethink how they dispose of waste and reward efforts made to divert material from landfill. The levy is charged at facilities where waste (including household waste) is disposed of and that operate, at least in part, as businesses that dispose of waste.

The levy aims to provide both an incentive to avoid waste, along with funding to help develop waste minimisation projects. Tools such as the levy are encouraging businesses and consumers to think about their waste and to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover as much as possible.

For more information on the waste disposal levy and the Waste Minimisation Act, see the Ministry for the Environment's website www.mfe.govt.nz/waste.

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