Product stewardship

Regulated product stewardship helps put responsibility for a product’s life-cycle and waste management on manufacturers, importers, retailers and users rather than communities, councils, neighbourhoods and nature.

The Government has declared six priority products for regulated product stewardship under the Waste Minimisation Act. 

Accredited product stewardship schemes required for six priority products

As part of the wider plan to reduce the amount of rubbish ending up in landfills or polluting the environment, the Government has declared six priority products for regulated product stewardship under the Waste Minimisation Act (WMA).

They are:

  • plastic packaging
  • tyres
  • electrical and electronic products (e-waste)
  • agrichemicals and their containers
  • refrigerants 
  • farm plastics.

MfE is working with stakeholders to co-design product stewardship schemes for each priority product group. WE will consult on any regulations under the WMA that may be required to implement those schemes. Co-design of the schemes for tyres and refrigerants is currently underway. 

Regulated product stewardship is part of the wider plan to reduce the amount of rubbish ending up in landfills or polluting the environment.

Read Associate Minister Sage's media release: Government to regulate environmentally harmful plastic packaging, tyres, e-waste [Beehive website]

Public consultation held

The decision to have regulated product stewardship follows public consultation in 2019.

Read the Summary of submissions