No more single-use plastic bags
New government legislation comes into effect from July 1, banning retailers supplying single-use plastic bags across New Zealand in efforts to lower our plastic usage.
Local retailers are being notified of the new changes and will be supplying alternatives in most cases.
From a customer perspective, we are encouraging all to shop with a reusable bag to aid local business moving forward, particularly as they transition to the new standard.
Locally the recycling of plastics changed in October last year, with many councils nationally having no option, by having to change what can be picked up and taken to our transfer stations. The collection of plastic grades 3-7, are no longer collected or accepted, as international recyclers no longer accept these.
Stormwater and solid waste manager Brent Aitken was excited about less plastic in our district and reducing the amount in our landfill sites.
“It’s a great initiative from central government to have a long-term view of looking after our environment. This, coupled with other local ideas to look after the place we love, will ensure we keep our district looking great.”
“It is an opportunity for us all to search out more sustainable options.”
To find out more about the phase out of single-use plastic bags go to the Ministry for the Environment website.