Submit and Fix Our Future!

The Government is asking New Zealanders what we should be doing about Climate Change. They will take this to the world at the UN climate summit this November.

We want them to know that waste is a critical issue  in any climate policy. We've made a submission below that you can edit or just add to your submission form, that our friends at Generation Zero have made.

Take just a few minutes to add your voice by following the steps below to submit.

It's super easy!

 

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Waste contributes to a substantial proportion of New Zealand’s climate emissions. As large portions of these emissions are easy to address and provide many economic, social, health and environmental co-benefits, I ask the Government to adopt the following initiatives as part of their climate change target and action plan.

1) Utilise the Waste Minimisation Act to declare items as priority products to ensure product stewardship takes place. I believe that single-use plastic bags, single-use water bottles, and single-use coffee cups should all, at the minimum, be declared priority products.
Co-benefits of this approach include: reduced emissions associated with production and disposal, reduced waste to landfill, reduced litter, reduced clean-up costs for local governments and communities, health benefits from decreased exposure to plastic toxins

2) Introduce container deposit legislation for beverage containers.
Co-benefits include:  dramatically increase our beverage container recycling rate (approximately double), save $14 million annually from diverting waste to landfill, reduced litter and reduced clean-up costs, job creation, strengthening NZ’s reputation as a “clean green” tourist destination

3) Help local businesses transition away from single-use plastics towards more sustainable alternatives, such as reusable packaging and compostable packaging.
Co-benefits include: strengthening local economies, diversion of waste from landfill, reduced litter and reduced clean-up costs, strengthening NZ’s reputation as a “clean green” tourist destination

4) Follow France in eliminating food waste from supermarkets.
Co-benefits include: diversion of waste from landfill, provision of food to those in poverty

5) Support the above initiatives by rolling out local organic collections for food, garden scraps and compostable plastics.
Co-benefits include: diversion of waste from landfill, creation of compost fertiliser, job creation, strengthening NZ’s reputation as a “clean green” tourist destination

6) Support the above initiatives by increasing landfill levy.
Co-benefits include: diversion of waste from landfill, strengthening NZ’s reputation as a “clean green” tourist destination

 


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  • commented 2015-06-02 19:15:27 +1200
    I personally am not sure about the fairness of point number 2) – bins are not always accessible, and could be difficult/expensive to police.

    But I very strongly endorse, particularly 3),4) and 5).

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