NEW ZEALAND LEGISLATION EXPLAINED
Implementation of New Zealand’s single-use plastic bag ban in 2019 resulted in a reduction of 1.1 billion plastic bags ending up in landfills or the ocean.
In August 2020, the New Zealand Government took further action against single-use plastics through the release of the ‘Reducing the impact of plastic on our environment’ consultation document.
The document seeks public feedback on the Government’s two-staged proposal for phase-out of hard-to-recycle plastics and single-use items.
On 27 June 2021, Environment Minister David Parker, announced the results of the consultation, which suggested that most were in support of the Government's proposals. As a result, the proposals are now legislative and key product phase out dates have been specified.