New Zealand Bans Single-Use Plastic Bags

Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 | 791 Views

New Zealand’s government has announced that it will phase out single-use plastic bags by 2019, a move Greenpeace is calling a win for people power and another big step towards addressing the global plastic pollution crisis.

“This could be a major leap forward in turning the tide on ocean plastic pollution in New Zealand and an important first step in protecting marine life such as sea turtles and whales, from the growing plastic waste epidemic,” said Emily Hunter, Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace New Zealand.

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.

Around the world, governments are implementing strategies to end plastic pollution with measures from levies, bottle deposits to banning a wide range of single-use plastics.

“This is a great first step, but now New Zealand needs a broad and comprehensive strategy to eliminate all sources of plastic pollution. Up to 12.7 million metric tonnes of plastic waste enter the ocean every year – that’s the equivalent of one garbage truck every minute and single-use plastic bags are just the tip of the iceberg,” said Hunter

“It’s time for the world’s largest governments and companies to recognise that we cannot recycle our way out of this problem. The crisis we’re facing requires comprehensive regulation and corporate action to immediately move away from single-use plastics.”


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