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Proposed mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags: Consultation document

Publication date:  August 2018
Publication reference number:  ME 1378

The Government is proposing to phase out single-use plastic shopping bags in New Zealand as one of many steps to reduce the negative environmental impacts of plastic waste.

Plastic bags have become integrated in our everyday lives. Globally we use up to five trillion of them each year. But there are now alternatives, and countries, states and cities around the world are phasing them out.

We all have a role to play to create a future without waste. As a first step, we’d like to hear your views on the proposed mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags in New Zealand.

Submissions closed at 5.00 pm on Friday 14 September 2018.

Read the summary of submissions