This project seeks to divert more rural waste from landfill by seeking sustainable end-of-life management solutions for veterinary medicines and their packaging.

Our current scheme operates for manufacturers who voluntarily commit to product stewardship.  With agrichemicals being declared priority products, all agrichemicals must become part of a regulated product stewardship scheme under the Waste Minimisation Act. This includes but is not limited to all substances that require registration under the Agricultural Compounds and Veterinary Medicines Act 1997, whether current or expired, and their containers (packaging), which are considered hazardous until they have been triple-rinsed.


Veterinary medicines 3 year timeframe to become part of a stewardship scheme 2023

How this is being done

We are working with industry to determine the extent of veterinary medicinal products in the New Zealand market and what happens to them at the end of their useful life.  We will then develop and analyse the options for recycling them and make recommendations to the Ministry for the Environment on the design of the preferred product stewardship schemes for these products.

How the scheme is being developed – Webinar presentation

To develop a regulated product stewardship scheme for veterinary medicines and tackle questions about how product stewardship works, we hosted a webinar on 16 April 2021 with True North Consulting, who is helping to develop the scheme.

Below is the presentation and a recording of that webinar: