New Zealand celebrates National Recycling Week
October 21, 2019
This week New Zealand is celebrating National Recycling Week, encouraging people to be conscious of their disposal practices and adopt recycling habits.
Projections anticipate with current population trends, and without intervention, the annual amount of waste to landfills will almost double to 1.6 million tonnes of waste within 10 years in Auckland alone1.
New Zealand made a commitment during 2018 to ensure all of their packaging would be reusable, recyclable or compostable by 2025 or earlier2.
The commitment was made by both New Zealand environmental ministers and 12 local and international businesses.
The businesses included multinationals such as Danone, L’Oréal, Mars, PepsiCo, The Coca-Cola Company, Unilever and Nestlé.
This aligns with a commitment these international businesses have made as signatories to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy initiative.