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New Zealand Plans to Eliminate Single-use Plastics

New Zealand Plans to Eliminate Single-use Plastics
New Zealand’s government plans to invest USD $26.2 million to help create a circular economy for plastics.

Following a single-use plastic bag ban in 2019, New Zealand’s government is planning to implement several new initiatives to eliminate single-use plastics.

Packaging Gateway reports that the country’s primary goal will be to eliminate single-use packaging and beverage containers made from hard-to-recycle polyvinyl chloride and polystyrene, including polystyrene meat trays, cups and takeout food containers. The report also notes that the government plans to invest NZD 40 million (USD $26.2 million) to help create a circular economy for plastics.

Packaging Gateway has more information:

The Government of New Zealand has decided to implement a number of initiatives to eliminate single-use plastics and reduce waste.

The decision follows a successful implementation of the single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “Our ban on plastic bags has already made a difference as we confront our enormous long-term challenge to tackle plastic waste.

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