The Waste Minimisation Act

Find out more about the WMA and how it affects you

The governing legislation

In 2008 the Waste Minimisation Act (WMA) was created in New Zealand. The WMA governs how organisations like O-I can make an impact on recycling glass in New Zealand.

The recycling community - how we work with them

Central Government
  • Prescribes legislation
  • Polices and review the efficacy of WMA
  • Ensures the WMA is meeting the NZ Waste Strategy (reducing harm and improving efficiency)

O-I maintains direct and indirect relationships with central government

  • Major contributor to, and member of, the Glass Packaging product stewardship scheme
  • Member of the Packaging Council of NZ, Sustainable Business Council and Waste Management Institute of NZ
  • Communicates in various ways, the excellent record for diversion of container glass from landfill by O-I NZ and the broader glass sector, technological advances in glass making which contribute to greater sustainability (increased cullet use, light-weighting of bottles)
Local Government
  • Has clear guidelines and responsibilities under the WMA
  • Decide collection methodology

O-I NZ influence local government decisions

  • We collaborate with them to continually educate the users of the public recovery facilities
  • We share best practice learnings from other councils and make helpful introductions
  • Compete for local government contracts for collection and processing
  • Want to deliver the most cost-efficient solution and get the maximum price

O-I NZ works closely with the commercial sector

  • Refine the commercial offering to encourage top quality and maximum volume glass returns
  • Educate staff involved in collections to understand the specification – focus on contamination and colour sorting
  • Continue to innovate around ways to improve freight efficiency
  • Provide hand-out materials and other collateral (web based) to support consumer education
  • Encourage applications to the Glass Packaging Forum (GPF) for funding