Agrichemicals and farm plastics are ‘priority products’

Priority products

In July 2020, the Associate Minister for the Environment, Eugenie Sage announced that farm plastics and agrichemicals will become priority products under the Waste Minimisation Act – requiring them to be part of a product stewardship scheme.

This followed a following public consultation, released in August 2019.

What is product stewardship?

Product stewardship is a ‘cradle to grave’ approach to minimising the environmental impacts of products and their packaging. 

It involves all the people in the supply chain – from manufacture through to final use – to ensure sustainable disposal of products at the end of their useful life.

Recycling projects

Farm plastics

The farm plastics project investigates sustainable options for recycling farm plastics such as silage wrap, the bags used for feed, seed and fertiliser, as well as agricultural twine and netting.


We are expanding our agrichemical recycling and recovery service to introduce veterinary medicines and household pest and weed control products.

These projects will follow the co-design process defined in the Proposed priority products and priority product scheme guidelines public consultation document.

What is in the guidelines

The Ministry for the Environment, as part of its consultation, released 17 draft guidelines on how product stewardship schemes need to operate under a mandatory regime:

  1. Intended Objectives and Outcomes
  2. Fees, Funding and Cost Effectiveness
  3. Governance
  4. Non-profit Status
  5. Competition
  6. Stakeholder Engagement and Collaboration
  7. Compliance
  8. Targets
  9. Timeframes
  10. Market Development
  11. Performance Standards, Training and Certification
  12. Liability and Insurance
  13. Design for Environment
  14. Reporting and Public Accountability
  15. Public Awareness
  16. Monitoring, Compliance and Enforcement
  17. Accessible Collection Networks

We will meet the requirements of the guidelines and make the transition to a mandatory regime.

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