Phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags

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Single-use plastic shopping bags are banned in New Zealand from 1 July

Single-use plastic shopping bags are banned in New Zealand. The ban began on 1 July 2019 when regulations came into force. Find out more about the ban 

About the ban

The ban applies to single-use plastic shopping bags under 70 microns in thickness. 

Find out more about the ban 

See Guidance for businesses on the ban

Minister's media release: Single-use plastic shopping bags ban kicks in [Beehive website]

Waste Minimisation (Plastic Shopping Bags) Regulations 2018 [New Zealand Legislation website]

About the public consultation 

Public consultation was held in 2018 on a mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags. Ninety-two percent of the more than 9,300 people and organisations who had their say supported a mandatory nationwide phase out.