Tyres, which are put in the landfill in Dunedin at present
because of the lack of recycling options, other than use by
farmers on baleage piles as pictured in Hindon this week,
are one of several types of products suggested for
mandatory product stewardship schemes. Photo by Peter
The Dunedin City Council wants packaging to be on a
short-list of products the Government is considering for
regulation via mandatory ''product waste stewardship'' schemes.
It would also like to see a ban or levy imposed on
lightweight plastic bags, like those used in supermarkets,
because of the effect they have on the environment and
The points are likely to be made in a submission to the
Government on the matter.
Product waste stewardship involves producers of products
taking responsibility for the environmental impacts of their
product at the end of its life.
The Government is considering whether to make mandatory
product waste stewardship for e-waste, pneumatic tyres,
agrichemicals and farm plastics, and refrigerant and other
types of greenhouse gases.
Dunedin city councillors this week approved the proposed
content of a submission on the proposal, with the inclusion
of packaging, particularly plastic packaging, as a fifth
product that needed to be prioritised for waste stewardship.
The final submission will be put to councillors for sign-off
What does it mean: All involved in a product, from design and
supply to its disposal, assume a duty of care and take
responsibility to reduce any harmful environmental effects
which may result during any stage of the product's life