Environment Minister David Parker has announced that some problem plastics and six single-use plastics will be phased out by July 2025.
The plastics being phased out are:
- hard to recycle food and drink packaging made from PVC and polystyrene and some degradable plastic products (eg, oxo- and photo-degradable)
- single-use plastic items including drink stirrers, cotton buds, single-use produce bags, cutlery, plates and bowls, straws, and fruit labels.
“These types of plastics often end up as waste in landfills and cause pollution in our soils, waterways and the ocean. Reducing plastic waste will improve our environment and ensure we live up to our clean, green reputation,” David Parker said.