New Zealand will ban single-use plastic bags by next year
12 August, 2018, 13:14 | Author: Myra Gill
"In growing numbers over the last decade, New Zealanders have been calling for a ban on single use plastic bags".
"We were seeing atrocious results that New Zealanders were becoming increasingly concerned with, from entire hillsides covered in single-use plastic bags dating as far back as the 1970s to researchers finding that around a third of dead turtles in New Zealand had likely ingested supermarket bags".
"We're really chuffed to once-again be leading the charge against plastic and removing all single-use checkout bags next year".
New Zealand has announced plans to ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July.
"Until now, local councils have borne the cost - both financial and environmental - of single-use plastic bags entering the waste stream".
The proposal will be open for public consultation until 14 September 2018 and will include options for the date the phase-out is to be complete by, what bags should be included, any retailers that should be exempted.
Greenpeace joined the movement for a regulatory bag ban on single use plastic bags past year, quickly gaining widespread support with 65,000 signatures delivered to parliament in February 2018.
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 Packaging Forum said the phase-out of plastic bags, biodegradable and compostable bags would level the playing field for the retail sector.
The new measure will enable the country, whose residents use hundreds of millions of the bags every year, to make a serious dent in the amount of plastics they produce and set an awesome example for generations to come.
"Around 10 per cent of the number of bags which we collect are single use shopping carrier bags".
Caroline Marr, director of small clothing retailer The Carpenters Daughter, also welcomed the ban.
Retailers are also being told to consider alternatives to single-use plastic bags, including reusable bags in heavier-duty plastic, composite bags of hessian with other materials, and long-lasting bags made of lightweight nylon, cotton, recycled fabric or jute.
In an effort to tackle plastic pollution, New Zealand is committed to banning plastic bags for good.
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