Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year for all retailers, the Government has announced.
Earlier this year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced their plans to phase out single use plastic bags to help look after the environment and safeguard New Zealand's clean, green reputation.
"We're listening to New Zealanders who want us to take action on this problem. This year 65,000 Kiwis signed a petition calling for an outright ban." Jacinda said.
Cabinet has since agreed to the mandatory phase out of plastic bags nationwide.
"Plastic shopping bags are a hazard for nature, particularly marine wildlife. They can also introduce harmful microplastics into the food chain," Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage says.
She went on to say:
"These regulations are an important first step to tackle New Zealand's wider waste problem. Importantly, the mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags signals that we need to do things very differently – manufacturers, retailers and consumers all have a responsibility to reduce waste and prevent plastic pollution."
Another proud moment for NZ!