Collection of APPA Written Submissions

APPA’s Written Submissions

On this page you will find an ever-growing collection of submissions, letters, press releases, statements and more that APPA has produced in response to Government policy proposals, international issues, and more. Some of these proposals have since been enacted, and we like to think they may have even been strengthened thanks to APPA’s comments!


August: Submission to UNEP (Part A and Part B), in collaboration with the Tāngata Whenua Coalition for an Effective Plastics Treaty (TWC), providing feedback on the scope, principles, and other critical elements of the Global Plastics Treaty (GPT).

April: Submission, in collaboration with Zero Waste Network, to Maritime NZ to inform NZ’s position on the regulation of the transport of plastic pellets by sea

January: Stakeholder submission, in collaboration with Sustainable Coastlines, for the Global Plastics Treaty Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee session 2 (INC-2)


November: Briefing paper on industry-led plastic packaging product stewardship scheme decision.

March: Submission on Resource Consent for the discharge of contaminants and odour to air from a pyrolysis plant at 247 Kawakawa Road, Feilding.


December: Submission on the Government’s proposed new Waste Strategy and waste legislation review

November: Submission on the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan discussion document


August: Comments on the Draft Ministerial Statement on the Ministerial Conference on Marine Litter and Plastic Pollution (see full draft statement here)

May: Submission on Government proposals for a SmokeFree Aotearoa 2025 Action Plan.

March: Submission on the Climate Change Commission draft advice on the first three budgets and emissions reduction plan. Final advice, Ināia Tonu Nei, released in May 2021.

February: Signed on to global call to end single use, led by Canopy Planet, Break Free From Plastic and Dogwood Alliance (see original press release here).


November: submission on Government proposal to phase out some single-use and hard-to-recycle plastics (also see joint submission of Aotearoa zero waste community which APPA signed on to). Final decision was announced in June 2021, see full list of phase outs here.

August: joint submission on New Zealand’s approach to implementing amendments to the Basel Convention. Final proposals can be found here.

February: joint submission on Government proposal to expand and and increase the waste disposal levy. Final decision was announced in July 2020 and full info can be found here.


October: submission on Government proposal to declare six priority products for regulated product stewardship schemes. Final decision was made in July 2020, and further details can be found here.

January: letter calling on Associate Minister for the Environment, Hon. Eugenie Sage, to ratify the Basel Convention ban amendment.


September: submission on Government proposal to phase out single use plastic bags.

July: joint letter calling on Countdown to phase out all plastic bags.

June: contributed to a submission by Forest & Bird to the Environment Select Committee’s briefing on the scale, impact and sources of plastic pollution in New Zealand’s coastal waters.