Another Win! New Zealand to Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

Some 79 per cent of plastic waste produced now sits in landfill

KEVIN STENT FAIRFAX NZ Some 79 per cent of plastic waste produced now sits in landfill

In February, 65,000 New Zealanders signed a petition to call for outlawing the use of lightweight plastic bags, according to the New Zealand Herald.

"We're phasing out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand's clean, green reputation", said Arden.

"We're really chuffed to once-again be leading the charge against plastic and removing all single-use checkout bags next year".

The New Zealand government have announced single-use plastic bags will be banned.

Foodstuffs, which operates Pak'nSave, New World and Four Square as well as Liquorland and bulk supermarket Gilmours, will stop offering single-use plastic bags from January next year.

This includes options for the date the phase-out is to be complete by, what bags should be included, any retailers that should be exempted, and how best to help people with the transition.

Despite the overwhelming support for the ban, it was also met with opposition.

"Measures introduced by the previous government alongside industry would already have seen a more than 75 per cent reduction in plastic bag use without new regulations and higher costs", he claimed.

"We are absolutely thrilled the Government has begun consultation on a mandatory phase out of single-use plastic carrier bags in New Zealand", Hannifin said.

Recently 13 local and multi-national companies committed to use 100 percent reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging in their New Zealand operations by 2025 or earlier.

This morning, the Prime Minister and the Minister for the Environment announced the intention to end use of the bags over the next year.

Once the bags are removed, The Warehouse and Warehouse Stationery, Noel Leeming and Torpedo7 will offer a broad range of affordable, environmentally friendly plastic-free reusable bags.

"The government's efforts needs to begin with a ban on plastic bags, but quickly move on to eliminate other single use plastic offenders like coffee stirrers, straws and cutlery and then setting up a nationwide container deposit scheme for drink bottle collection", says Hunter.

Caroline Marr, director of small clothing retailer The Carpenters Daughter, also welcomed the ban.

"Rogue bags are also contributing to the increased amount of plastic in the environment, and we are slowly discovering how much of a problem that is". But right now New Zealand has no such plan.

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