The Ministry for the Environment has announced a consultation on banning some problematic plastics and some single use plastic items. There are two proposals being consulted on:
- banning some hard-to-recycle PVC and polystyrene packaging and oxo-degradable plastic products
- banning seven single-use plastic items, including plastic straws, drink stirrers, produce bags both plastic and compostable, tableware (e.g. plastic plates, bowls, cutlery) and non-compostable fruit stickers.
Submissions are being made by different WasteMINZ sector groups and are being published below as they are completed.