Supporting Air New Zealand to reduce plastic waste

Date:  16 October 2018

Air New Zealand has today announced a commitment to swap out its Air New Zealand owned single-use plastic packaging to compostable or recyclable alternatives on all Domestic routes by October 2019.

The Ministry for the Environment has worked collaboratively with Air New Zealand on this initiative, providing advice on lower impact, circular economy alternatives and the recycling and composting solutions that are available in New Zealand for processing packaging after use.  

This is part of the Government’s circular economy work programme, in which we are working alongside New Zealand businesses to adopt circular economy approaches in their supply chains. The goal is to use resources much more efficiently in the economy, to reduce the amount of waste going into landfills, while also reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

The Ministry for the Environment congratulates Air New Zealand on this commitment to reduce plastic waste and its leadership to adopt circular economy approaches in its operations.

See Air New Zealand to lift plastic waste reduction to more than 24 million items per year on Scoop news.