Applying for voluntary product stewardship accreditation

You can apply for formal government accreditation of your product stewardship scheme. Accreditation provides government recognition of your scheme.

How are schemes assessed?

If you want your scheme to be accredited, you must demonstrate that it can minimise waste and achieve reductions in environmental harm.

Your scheme will be assessed against requirements outlined in Part 2 of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 [New Zealand Legislation website].

This will be done by the Ministry or an external assessor commissioned by the Ministry.

Applications must be made in a prescribed manner, which is set out in section 13 of the Waste Minimisation Act.

Under Section 15(1) of the Act, a scheme must meet the following requirements.

  • Meets the requirements of section 14, which sets out the requirements for accreditation (including provisions for identifying the scheme manager and members; setting objectives; arrangements for funding, decision-making, compliance, monitoring, reporting, and communications)
  • Is likely to meet the scheme’s objectives within the time frames set in the scheme
  • Is likely to promote waste minimisation or reduce environmental harm from disposing of the product to which the scheme relates without, in either case, causing greater environmental harm over the life cycle of the product
  • Is consistent with New Zealand’s international obligations.

If the scheme relates to a priority product see:

Following this assessment, the Minister for the Environment is briefed to consider the application for accreditation.

Why apply for accreditation?

Accreditation is a form of Government recognition. Once accredited, organisations are allowed to publicise that their scheme has been accredited by the Minister for the Environment under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. It may also help you identify areas where your scheme could be strengthened. A well-managed product stewardship scheme may help you generate brand loyalty.

When can you apply?

Applications can be made all year round. However the Ministry encourages applicants to make applications in April of each year.

Application form

Once you have completed the form email or post it to the Ministry for the Environment. See our contact details at the bottom of this page.

The applicant is responsible for the cost of preparing the application and for all ongoing costs of administering and operating the scheme. The Ministry does not charge a fee for the accreditation assessment process.

Contact information

For further advice or to send your completed application email:

Or post to:

Product Stewardship Accreditation
Ministry for the Environment
PO Box 10362
Wellington 6143

Guidance for accreditation