New Zealand to ban most single-use plastics by 2025

New Zealand has announced a ban on single-use plastic items, including drink stirrers, cotton buds, single-use produce bags, cutlery, plates and bowls, straws and fruit labels, by 2025.

“Every day, New Zealanders throw away an estimated 159 grams of plastic waste per person, making us some of the highest waste generators in the world. New Zealanders told us they support urgent change in how we use plastic. Almost 8,000 people and businesses responded to our consultation last year, and the majority supported the proposals," - Minister for the Environment, David Parker said in a statement.

“We have made good progress over the past three years and there is strong public and business support for the 2019 plastic bag ban. That meant over one billion fewer plastic bags have ended up in landfills or the ocean – and we know New Zealanders are ready to do more,” he added.

“We estimate this new policy will remove more than two billion single-use plastic items from our landfills or environment each year.”