Waste disposal levy monitoring

The Ministry for the Environment monitors disposal facility operators and territorial authorities compliance with aspects of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and the Waste Minimisation (Calculation and Payment of Waste Disposal Levy) Regulations 2009.

This page has information on the compliance audits that the Ministry undertakes and escalation processes available to the Ministry.

Compliance audits

Compliance audits are a risk-based approach allows the Ministry to monitor that the relevant parts of the Waste Minimisation Act and its Regulations are being administered effectively.

Waste disposal levy compliance audits

A waste disposal levy compliance audit is an assessment of information, processes and systems that disposal facility operators have in place to meet their obligations under the Waste Minimisation (Calculation and Payment of the Waste Disposal Levy) Regulations 2009. For example checking that a disposal facility operator is capturing waste tonnage, paying the levy and maintaining records. 

For more information see the Waste disposal levy audits fact sheet.

Waste levy expenditure compliance audits

A waste levy expenditure compliance audit is an assessment of information, processes and systems that a territorial authority has for spending waste levy money and maintaining records. 

It includes assessing if the territorial authority has:

  • spent waste disposal levy funds for the purpose of promoting or achieving waste minimisation in accordance with their waste management and minimisation plan 
  • appropriate information, records and processes in place to manage the levy funds with due care.

For more information see the Waste levy expenditure audits fact sheet.

What to expect during a compliance audit

A Ministry official or third-party auditor will conduct an on-site audit. This may include interviewing facility representatives, council officers, reviewing records and reports, taking photographs, and observing operations. 

All registered disposal facility operators (as defined by the Waste Minimisation Act) and territorial authorities can expect to be visited annually.

In some instances, the outcome of an audit will mean that a formal investigation is required. 

Enforcement

Following an investigation, the Ministry has a range of enforcement tools under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 that can be used if the need arises.

Find out more

For more information contact the Ministry’s Waste Operations Compliance Monitoring and Enforcement team on 0800 499 700.