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Consultation on single-use plastic shopping bags is now closed

Thanks for sharing your views

The consultation on the proposed mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags in New Zealand closed on 14 September 2018 at 5pm. During this five-week consultation we heard from thousands of New Zealanders both through formal submissions and our short survey tool. Thank you to all who took part.

The next step is for us to work through the submissions and feedback received during the consultation and to provide advice to Cabinet – please refer to the timeline in the right-hand panel. If the phase out goes ahead, the regulations may be in force as soon as July 2019.

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If you have not yet received acknowledgement of your submission, please feel free to contact us at