Will a regulated e-product stewardship scheme increase consumer prices in NZ?

/Will a regulated e-product stewardship scheme increase consumer prices in NZ?

Will a regulated e-product stewardship scheme increase consumer prices in NZ?

  • There are different service costs and fee considerations across individual e-product categories – this speaks to the varying sizes, characteristics, material composition, management pathways and available service options for the broad scope of e-products that fall under each category.
  • Scheme services that will require funding include e-product and e-waste collection, sorting, storage, transportation and recycling activities. Scheme fees will also be raised to cover scheme administration costs e.g., scheme management and reporting, education and awareness raising etc.
  • Of the fee structures investigated during the co-design process, an Advanced Stewardship Fee (ASF) is recommended, whereby a predetermined fee (yet to be determined) is applied to all in-scope e-product categories that manufacturers, importers and distributors place on the NZ market for sale to Kiwi consumers.
  • How scheme costs would either be internalised or passed onto Kiwi consumers (in part or in full) will be for individual liable parties with financial obligations to determine i.e., in-scope e-product category manufacturers, importers and distributors.
  • As the ASFs would be set by regulation under s23 of the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and would therefore be published in advance, consumers will have a clear understanding of scheme costs (which are expected to vary by e-product category on a per kilogram basis).
  • The reality is that scheme costs change across different e-products depending on a number of factors and not all liable parties will follow the same approach.
  • In Australia for example, the cost of operating their National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) is estimated to be between AUD $1.95 and AUD $2.30 per kilogram – This means that for less than a cup of coffee (depending on e-product weight and where you get your coffee), we can support a system where our e-products are managed responsibly, and in a way where valuable materials are recovered and reused to benefit local supply chains.
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