Plastic Phase Outs from 1 October 2022
The Ministry for the Environment have signalled that some plastics will be phased out from 1 October 2022. Below is the messaging form the Ministry that supports this approach.
Ministry for the Environment Message for all Councils
Plastic is one of our greatest environmental challenges. It regularly ends up as waste in our landfills, our moana and whenua. Difficult to recycle packaging and products can interfere with our recycling systems and are often used only once before being disposed.
From 1 October 2022 it will be illegal to provide, sell or manufacture certain hard-to-recycle and single use plastic products in Aotearoa New Zealand. These are:
- Single use plastic drink stirrers
- Single use plastic cotton buds
- Plastics with pro-degradant additives (eg. some bin liners, dry cleaning bags and pet waste products)
- PVC food trays and containers used for products including meat, fresh produce or baked goods
- Polystyrene takeaway food and beverage packaging (eg. takeaway containers and cups)
- Expanded polystyrene food and beverage packaging including food serviceware and grocery products (eg. instant noodle containers).
Guidance for the October plastic phase-out is now live on the Ministry for the Environment's website. The guidance includes a description of the banned products, and information about exemptions and suggested alternatives:
Go to the Ministry for the Environment's website
Shifting away from hard-to-recycle and single-use plastics will help reduce plastic waste, improve our recycling systems and protect our environment. Further plastic bans are expected to come into force in 2023 and 2025. For an overview of the products included in those bans see the Ministry for the Environment's webpage on phasing out hard-to-recycle and single-use plastics:
Go to the MfE webpage on phasing out hard-to-recycle and single-use plastics.
Below is an infographic of the products being phased out on 1 October.