Single-use plastic shopping bags have already been phased out from supermarkets and large retailers, and from 1 July 2019, they will be banned for all businesses. Here’s what you need to know to make the transition.
To help reduce waste and protect the environment, retailers will not be allowed to use single-use plastic shopping bags from 1 July 2019.
The ban covers any plastic shopping bags that are:
Bio-based plastic bags are included in the ban because even though they are made from plants, their manufacturing process prevents them from breaking down as quickly or easily as their original source.
Which single use plastic? (external link) — Ministry for the Environment
All retailers selling goods in New Zealand must make the transition by 1 July 2019. This includes businesses such as:
While most plastic bags will be phased out, some bags will still be allowed. These include:
Start to transition your business away from plastic by encouraging your customers to bring their own shopping bags. You might also offer or sell your own reusable bags for customer use.
You may also need to cancel any existing inventory orders for plastic shopping bags covered by the phase out.
Plastic bag phase out (external link) — Ministry for the Environment
Plastic bag phase out: Toolkit for businesses (external link) — Ministry for the Environment