New Zealand Bans Certain Products Containing Plastic
In March 2022, New Zealand issued its Waste Minimization (Plastic and Related Products) Regulations 2022 to prohibit certain plastic-containing products. These regulations come into force on 1 October 2022.
The regulations ban the manufacture and sale of certain products, which generally contain plastic. The products are the following:
plastic drink stirrers that are single-use:
plastic or synthetic cotton buds that are single-use, with some exceptions:
any product that contains plastic with pro-degradants:
PVC food trays or containers:
specified polystyrene packaging for food or drink.
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As defined by the Waste Minimisation Act 2008,—
product includes packaging (and the ban applies whether the packaging is by itself or is being used to package another product); and
sale includes distribution or delivery, whether or not for valuable consideration.