Plastic has many uses in our lives yet it is polluting our land, lakes, rivers, streams and marine environment. The government wants New Zealand to move away from hard-to-recycle and single-use items. It has two proposals that would help us do that.
The first proposal is to phase out the following types of unrecyclable plastic.
- Some polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polystyrene packaging
- All oxo-degradable plastic products.
The second proposal is to phase-out seven types of single-use plastic items.
We are keen to hear your views on the proposals.
The consultation closes on 4 November 2020 at 5pm.
Review the proposals
Make a submission
You can submit your feedback during the consultation period using one of the following options:
- Using the online submission tool. This is the preferred way to receive submissions.
- Answer the questions in the consultation document and email Plastics.Consultation@mfe.govt.nz
- Or post your answers to: Reducing the impact of plastic consultation, Ministry for the Environment, PO Box 10362, Wellington 6143.
- The deadline for submissions is 4 November 2020 at 5pm.
Plastics in the Environment: Understanding plastic waste in Aotearoa [Royal Society Te Apārangi website]
Rethinking Plastics in in Aotearoa New Zealand [Office of the Prime Ministers Chief Science Advisor website]
Cabinet paper and minute of decision
- Following the consultation period, we will prepare a report that summarises the submissions
- We will continue to work with key stakeholders to inform advice on final policy decisions
- It is likely that policy decisions will be made in early 2021.