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New Zealand Bans Certain Products Containing Plastic

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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.

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.


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