Those who thought that the government would run out of ways to tax us can now sleep easy. The new tax is waste. Rodney Hide is on the case:
Hide said he had been shocked to learn about the "incredible costs" central government had been putting on to local government "and thereby ratepayers". The rubbish tax was another example
Hastings Mayor Lawrence Yule, also president of Local Government NZ, said it would be an "incredibly inefficient" way to encourage recycling.
That will explain the attraction, then. I have often thought that businesses could do well just by watching how the council does something, and then doing it the opposite way.
Still the tax is only $10 a tonne - it is a silly distortion but could be worse.
Spare a thought for the Europeans, who are so lost in environmentalism that they don't know which way is up.
The National Audit Office (NAO) says England could miss European targets to halve the amount of biodegradable waste going to landfill by 2013.
An EU directive passed in 1999 requires England to cut the amount of biodegradable waste - which includes food, paper and vegetation - sent to landfill by 50% on 1995 levels.
If the "challenging" 2013 deadline is missed the EU is expected to levy fines on the UK as a whole and the government has said it will fine local authorities £150 a tonne if they fail to meet targets.
You have to laugh at this sort of thing. At that price, it would be cheaper to FedEx the waste to Poland. People wonder why 'old' Europe is so sick, but it is silly rules like this, deliberately imposed without adequate thought, which make peoples' quality of life so awful.