Scrap Metal Dealers Welcome Amendment
Press Release by Trevor Munro, President of Scrap Metal Recyclers Association of New Zealand (SMRANZ) on the completion of the Committee Stages of the Waste Minimisation Bill
Trevor Munro, the President of the Scrap Metal Recycling Association of New Zealand, welcomed the passage of the Waste Minimisation Bill through its Committee stages in Parliament last night.
“We absolutely support the purposes and objectives behind this Bill. It recognises the importance of minimising the amount of material going to landfill, which is the core of our business as scrap metal recyclers.
“We particularly applaud last night’s amendment that has narrowed the definition of “waste” in the Bill, meaning scrap metal and other material that has been diverted from the solid waste stream will not be considered “waste”, and will not be subject to many of the Bill’s controls that would have hamstrung our attempts to grow New Zealand’s 17th largest export industry. How can recycled scrap metal be waste?” Trevor Munro said.
“We have long considered ourselves the greenest industry in New Zealand. Members of the Scrap Metal Association of New Zealand have been recycling and exporting scrap metal for decades, and it is great to see the rest of New Zealand catching up with us!”