New Zealand to phase out single-use plastic by 2025

Every day, New Zealanders discard approximately 159 grams of plastic waste per person, one of the most

high rates in the world, said New Zealand Environment Minister David Parker.

New Zealand is currently in the top tencountries by the amount of waste generated. Therefore, local authorities have announced a ban on a number of single-use plastics, including cotton swabs, bags, cutlery, plates, straws and fruit labels.

New Zealand has already banned most types of single-use plastic bags in 2019, but new restrictions will also cover food packaging and a number of other goods.

The new bans were an important step, but still notaffected most of New Zealand's largest plastic waste producers, said Terry-Ann Berry, Associate Professor and Director of the Unitec Environmental Solutions Research Center.

She added that while attracting attentionthe public to the issue of household waste is vital, but it is important to emphasize the responsibility of the commercial sectors in this matter. For example, construction and demolition accounts for up to 50% of landfill waste in New Zealand.

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