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SINGLE-USE PROBLEMATIC PLASTICS IN NEW ZEALAND

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[1].

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.

Feedback indicates that New Zealanders support the Government's approach to addressing single-use plastics.

As a result, Waste Minimisation (Plastic and Related Products) Regulations 2022 passed and product phases out will occur across three tranches. 

Key Dates

From 1 October 2022 retailers can no longer sell or distribute targeted plastic items and they can no longer be manufactured in New Zealand. 

Legislation addresses hard-to-recycle food and drink packaging, and single-use plastic items, as these types of plastics often end up in landfills[2]. 

The Government has specified that legislation extends to all types of plastic including compostable and bio-based plastics[3].

October 2022

The following items will be banned nationwide:

  • Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pre-formed, rigid food trays and containers
  • Polystyrene (PS) takeaway food and beverage packaging
  • Expanded polystyrene (EPS) food and beverage packaging
  • Oxo- and photo- degradable plastic products
  • Plastic drink stirrers
  • Plastic stemmed cotton buds
RecycleMe cold cup with Endura paper straw
Detpak burger clam and chip carton.

Mid-2023 

The following items will be banned nationwide:

  • Plastic produce bags
  • Plastic plates, bowls and cutlery
  • Plastic straws
  • Plastic produce labels

Mid-2025 

The following items will be banned nationwide:

  • All other PVC food and beverage packaging
  • All other PS food and beverage packaging

*Note: this information is indicative only and subject to legislative changes

Under consideration

The Government recognises more work is required to phase out some particular plastic items and will work with industry to develop a plan for these products. This includes:

  • Expanded polystyrene
  • Single-use cups
  • Coffee cups and wet wipes

Exemptions

The Government ensures that disabled people will continue to have fair access to plastic straws without discrimination. 

Enforcement & Penalties

Officers from the Secretary for the Environment will enforce legislation – which includes compliance monitoring and auditing, as well as investigation and enforcement.

Read the full consultation document, here

Read the Waste Minimisation (Plastic and Related Products) Regulations 2022, here

More information about legislation is available, here.

Handful of Endura paper straws

Contact us about moving to Towards 2025 compliant packaging, here.

Browse our range of sustainable packaging solutions, here.

Find out what is happening in Australia, here.

 

Your Sustainable Options

EXTRA LARGE BURGER ENDURA BOX

Item: M705S0010

AUD 56.98* / Carton (150)

8mm WRAPPED ENDURA PAPER STRAW

Item: Y448S0001

AUD 308.34* / Carton (6,000)

ENDURA CHIP CUP

Item: M429S0010

AUD 90.26* / Carton (500)

10oz CLEAR RECYCLABLE CUP

Item: T316S0064

AUD 128.33* / Carton (1,000)

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