Importing or exporting hazardous waste in New Zealand
New Zealand is party to several multilateral environmental agreements related to the import and export of hazardous waste. These agreements are in place to prevent harm to human health and the environment.
You must obtain a permit before waste that is defined as hazardous is imported to, or exported from, New Zealand.
'Hazardous' is defined in the Basel Convention, schedule 3 of the Imports and Exports (Restrictions) Prohibitions Order (No.2) or any listing by the relevant country under the Basel Convention of the OECD Decision.
In this section:
If you import or export a hazardous waste you must check if the waste is classified as hazardous under the Basel Convention and the Order.
Read about the process for importing hazardous waste to New Zealand under the Basel Convention requirements and the Order.
Read about exporting electronic waste out of New Zealand under the Basel Convention and the Order.
A list of the current permit holders for the import and export of hazardous waste to and from New Zealand.
Polychlorinated Biphenyls (PCBs) are serious environmental pollutants which are banned in New Zealand from the end of December 2016.