National wastes chance for green jobs and clean environment

WasteMINZ’s A Wasted Opportunity confirms that National has squandered potentially up to 9000 green jobs, $500 million in economic benefits, and a cleaner environment for New Zealand, the Green Party said today.

The report examines the potential impacts of adjustments to the waste levy - a per tonne charge set by the government - and concludes that a higher rate would have a host of economic and environmental benefits for New Zealand.

A Wasted Opportunity is a damning indictment on National’s mismanagement of the waste sector,” said Green Party MP, Denise Roche.

“The amount of waste going to landfill has climbed by nearly 30 percent through their term in government from around 2.5 million tons in 2009 to nearly 3.3 million today, with only 28 percent of it being recycled.

“WasteMINZ’s report highlights what we need to do: increase the charge on waste, diversify the types of rubbish we can charge it on, do more monitoring and better investment of the income levy.

“These policies will have plenty of economic and environmental benefits. The most obvious environmental benefits include reduced greenhouse gas emissions and cleaner rivers through reduced leachate levels. Making these changes will also create up to 9000 jobs and an estimated $500 million in economic benefits per year.

“Disappointingly, another report released today by the Ministry for Environment fails to endorse measures which would deal with the waste crisis. Rather than backing what industry experts and the community are saying - National is delaying action through proposing more investigation.

“New Zealanders know that National isn’t delivering real leadership. 93 percent of Kiwis believe that waste and recycling is an important issue and only 29 percent believe that the Government does a good job.

"The Green Party endorses A Wasted Opportunity. We will bring real leadership to this sector by phasing in zero-waste targets, increasing the waste levy, and use the product stewardship scheme to reduce waste.

“New Zealanders deserve a government that will embrace green jobs and a clean environment.”

 

Action

Join our call to stop funding fossil fuels!

Take Action

Action

Virtual Events

We have activists across Aotearoa / New Zealand who are working hard to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. This page lists upcomin...
Take Action

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

New Zealand’s housing market is becoming increasingly divided between people who own their own homes and those forced to rent for life...
Take Action

Latest Environment Announcements

Story

Minister welcomes report of nation’s household plastic rubbish, recycling practices

A new report on New Zealand’s plastic rubbish and recycling practices is being welcomed by the Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage.
Read More

Story

Flood of support for Top of the South catchment

Work to look after nature and restore freshwater quality in Te Hoiere/Pelorus River catchment is getting a significant boost, thanks to new Governm...
Read More

Policy

Healthy nature

Nature sustains us and is the basis of all life.  In Government the Greens have led the way in making sure our precious plants and animals are pr...
See More

Story

OIA reforms mean more attention to nature and cultural values

The Green Party welcome proposed changes to the Overseas Investment Act (OIA) that will see stronger controls on applications by overseas interests...
Read More

Story

California is burning, the US must not walk away from the Paris Agreement

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw has expressed his exasperation at the decision by the United States to officially withdraw from the Paris Agreemen...
Read More

Story

Minister announces fresh funding for community-led Hokianga environment project

A unique project enhancing the mana and wellbeing of the environment and the people of the Hokianga is to receive $300000 over three years from the...
Read More

Latest Economic Development Announcements

Story

Green Party welcomes first Wellbeing Budget

“The Green Party is proud to welcome New Zealand’s first Wellbeing Budget to deliver change for New Zealanders,” Green Party Co-leader James Shaw s...
Read More

Story

Wellbeing: We need to change how we see our economy

“The Wellbeing Budget is a first step in changing the way we look at the economy and our place in it”, said Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson. ...
Read More

Story

Green Party welcome further efforts to stop tax evasion

The Green Party welcomes further steps to combat tax evasion, Green Party Co-leader James Shaw said today.
Read More

Story

Commencement Speech - Start of Parliament 2019

Mr Speaker, on Election Night 2017, I said that, “New Zealanders have voted for change!” The three Opposition parties that night commanded a majori...
Read More

Story

Green Party Co-leader James Shaw responds to the Government running surplus

The Green Party has welcomed a better than expected surplus, which should allow us to invest in communities and ensure increased wellbeing for New ...
Read More

Story

A Greener way to measure success

Green Party Co-Leaders Marama Davidson and James Shaw have welcomed today’s announcement by Statistics New Zealand that a broad set of indicators w...
Read More

Latest Waste Announcements

Story

Minister welcomes report of nation’s household plastic rubbish, recycling practices

A new report on New Zealand’s plastic rubbish and recycling practices is being welcomed by the Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage.
Read More

Story

Govt pledges next steps on plastic waste

The Government will phase out more single-use plastics following the success of its single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year and the release to...
Read More

Story

Government steps up work on tackling waste

The Government today released the next phase of its plan to tackle New Zealand’s mounting waste challenges. Associate Minister for the Environment ...
Read More

Story

Work underway for beverage container return scheme

Work has begun to develop a beverage container return scheme for New Zealand announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage made at ...
Read More

Story

Minister announces funding to expand Para Kore, supporting Māori communities to minimise waste

A project with a zero waste vision for marae is getting extra support to expand into new regions as part of the Government’s plan to tackle New Zea...
Read More

Story

Government backs new community recycling centre for Onehunga

Aucklanders will soon have a new community recycling centre as part of the Government’s plan to reduce the amount of waste ending up in landfills a...
Read More