Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Plastic bag ban declaration expected

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Pablo Mccormick | 12 August, 2018, 13:16

This year 65,000 Kiwis signed a petition calling for an outright ban, and Ms Ardern said they were listening to those demands.

"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".

"Single-use plastic shopping bag" refers to those with handles commonly found at supermarket and other retail checkouts, and potentially thicker bags provided by some retailers.

New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said on Friday that her country will ban single-use plastic bags, in an effort to tackle the plastic pollution that is plaguing the country's coast.

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.

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Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage says degradable bags will also be included in the mandatory phase-out.

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

"A nationwide phase out will go a long way towards stemming the flow of plastic ending up in our waterways, reduce pressure on recycling systems and provide a stronger basis for New Zealanders to change our attitudes and behaviours towards plastic use and plastic waste".

The group said it would begin to offer a range of pay-for plastic-free reusable bags.

When she made the announcement about the ban, she had three children read aloud their letters requesting the government to take action against the plastic pollution before leading them off to help clean up the beach.

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Are biodegradable and compostable bags included in this consultation?

Steve Anderson, managing director of Foodstuffs NZ, said the Government's plans for a ban would put everyone in retail on the same page.

"Around 10 per cent of the number of bags which we collect are single use shopping carrier bags". Some retailers have begun implement their bans.

The Warehouse also announced it will ban all plastic bags within a year and is making moves to review its packaging too.

Two of New Zealand's largest supermarkets, Countdown and New World, said a year ago that they plan to remove plastic bags from their stores by the end of 2018.

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