The Canterbury Waste Joint Committee is responsible for advancing regional solid waste and hazardous waste minimisation in Canterbury.
Regional waste minimisation initiatives actioned by the Committee are in addition to member Councils' responsibilities as mandated by the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and as set out in each Councils' respective waste minimisation plan. The Committee's Constituting Agreement and Regional Waste Agreement govern its operations. Decisions are made by the elected members of the member Councils, based on written Staff Group reports.
In August 2015 the Committee resolved to annually invite proposals from research organisations, businesses and other associations for suitable waste minimisation project proposals within the Canterbury region. Proposals assessed to be of sufficient potential value will be presented to the Committee. The total annual budget for all projects is $112,000.