Increasing and expanding the levy helps recognise the real costs of waste, makes it fairer for everyone and incentivises materials reuse and recycling rather than just taking it to the tip.
The levy increases are likely to have a minimal impact on a family’s weekly budget. The Ministry for the Environment estimates that when fully implemented, the new levy could increase the cost of the weekly council kerbside rubbish bag by about 25c, depending on individual council decisions.
Despite the relatively low impact on households, the Government is mindful that many families are facing difficult economic circumstances at present. Economic conditions were considered before the timelines were confirmed in March 2021.