This voluntary product stewardship scheme aims to ensure that as much container glass as possible is diverted from landfill to benefit New Zealand’s community and the environment.
It was the first packaging scheme and the second product stewardship scheme for any product or industry to be accredited under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. The scheme has now been reaccredited until 2024.
The scope of the scheme currently covers over 80% of container glass on the market in New Zealand, primarily for food and beverages.
It includes New Zealand’s only manufacturer of glass bottles and jars as well as those manufacturing, distributing and selling products in glass containers. Companies using a significant volume of glass packaging are encouraged to become members of the GPF.
Glass that is not a bottle or jar is not included.
For example, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, pyrex dishes, glass ovenware, china and crockery, window glass, laboratory glass containers, TV tubes and computer screens, etc.
The scheme is funded by voluntary levies from companies that make or import glass containers, fill or sell glass containers in New Zealand.
These levies are used to fund projects, research, infrastructure and educational programmes to increase the recycling and re-use of glass into either new glass containers or for alternative uses that lead to a reduction in waste container glass to landfill.
Who is involved?
What is product stewardship?
Product stewardship moves responsibility for waste to those involved in the production and supply of the product (and its packaging). It involves those who know the most about the product – the businesses who make and sell it – in designing the solution.
The Waste Minimisation Act 2008 provides a regulatory framework for the establishment of product stewardship for key products. Most product stewardship schemes will be voluntary but mandatory schemes could be required where there is “significant advantage in having a product stewardship scheme, but this is either unlikely to be developed, or an existing voluntary scheme is not effective” (Waste Minimisation in New Zealand: A discussion document from the Ministry for the Environment).
Members of the Forum have all signed written declarations confirming their commitment to the Glass Packaging Forum Constitution and automatically become members of the scheme.
Representatives from local government, recyclers and community groups are part of an expert advisory group to the Forum’s steering group to ensure that decisions with regard to funding and direction are also influenced by those collecting and recycling glass.
This levy is imposed on:
The levy is applied at each stage of the packaging cycle i.e. (1) manufacture (2) filling and (3) sales. Each participating company pays a levy based on the weight of glass which they use in product or sell to customers. The levy is used to fund objectives which deliver and improve glass recovery.
Duration of the scheme
Under the legislation the maximum duration for a scheme is seven years. The scheme was first accredited in 2010 and reaccredited in 2017.
The scheme covers:
3R Group Ltd are the current scheme managers and are responsible for:
Our purpose is to connect businesses that sell
glass-packaged consumer goods with those that collect
and recycle glass. This enables glass to be returned to
the furnace or made into alternative products, with the
aim of zero container glass to landfill.
A grant from the Glass Packaging Forum has helped the Tauranga Bridge Marina install bottle banks to recycle glass at the marina. The bottle banks, which are for marina members and staff, will divert over 100 tonnes of bottles and jars from landfill each year to be recycled at New Zealand’s only glass bottle and jar manufacturer, O-I NZ in Auckland.
Global Action Plan Oceania (GAPO) runs the Devonport Community Recycling Centre and Reuse Shop, with a GPF grant helping improve glass recycling and transport at the centre. It has also meant GAPO can extend its glass collection system to local businesses, including cafes.
A grant from the Forum has helped the Taupo District Council upgrade the Kinloch Transfer Station in order to better handle the increased volume of glass from a growing population and visitor base. As a result the volume of colour-sorted glass for recycling is set to rise from 60 to 100 tonnes a year.
If you want to find out how glass bottle and jar recycling works in New Zealand, and only have 2 minutes spare, then this video – showing the journey of glass from your house, to the recycling plant and back to you – is what you need to watch.
O-I New Zealand is the country’s only manufacturer of glass bottles and jars. This video gives a fascinating insight into how glass collected for recycling goes back into the furnace and comes out again as new containers.
Tauranga City Council rolled out its new rates-funded kerbside glass recycling collection at the beginning of October, 2018. This video gave residents a really good idea of what to expect and what to do to ensure their glass got collected and recycled.