Reducing the impact of plastic on our environment

Beach with plastic pollution.

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

Consultation document

Reducing the impact of plastic on our environment: moving away from hard-to-recycle and single-use items

A summary document will be available in late September.

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.

Information on publishing and releasing submissions

Next steps

  • 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.