CONTAINER RETURN SCHEME
Auckland Council has consistently advocated for a mandatory container return scheme for Aotearoa New Zealand. Container return schemes incentivise people to return their empty beverage containers for recycling in exchange for a small refundable deposit (e.g., 10 or 20 cents). They are commonly used overseas and used to operate widely in New Zealand. A scheme could significantly increase recycling of containers, reduce litter, and shift costs of disposal and diversion away from ratepayers to producers and consumers.
In March 2023 the Prime Minister announced Government’s decision to defer work on a beverage container return scheme for Aotearoa New Zealand (NZ CRS). Auckland Council will continue to advocate that the scheme is rolled out as outlined in our Waste Management and Minimisation Plan 2018.