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New Zealand to ban plastic shopping bags from next year

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags New Zealand to ban plastic shopping bags from next year
Jeannette Daniel | 12 August, 2018, 13:16

The government is pledging to rid the country of single-use plastic bags within a year's time.

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 historic occasion for New Zealand's environment and we're very proud to be standing alongside Prime Minister Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage as they propose this legislation".

"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.

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

"There are issues. We don't have a nationwide infrastructure for commercial composting... there are issues with greenwash, and there are also issues in terms of a lot of those degradable bags breaking down into micro-plastics so nature can't absorb them".

A number of countries and states have introduced bans or restrictions on single-use plastic bags, including France, Belgium, China, Hawaii and California.

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Ten-year-old Gerardine Matafeo Solia is one of them.

"We should stop using plastic".

"It's important we acknowledge that some customers may take a bit more help to get there". The leader of the opposition, Simon Bridges, criticized the government, claiming they were centering their focus on "low-hanging fruit that won't make any real difference", writes The Guardian. "It's good for the environment so we're on board". "And that really stood out to me from the time I took on this job", Arden told reporters.

Chris Hana (Te Ati Awa) says, "I'm all for it". "I see what plastic is doing to our world and I've always cared for it".

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.

Chief Executive Pejman Okhovat says, "We produce around 70 percent of products that we sell ourselves so we can actually influence that".

"Since May we've had ten stores go plastic bag-free and in those twelve weeks we've stopped five million bags going into the environment".

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