Plastics waste is one of our generation’s greatest environmental challenges – regularly ending up in landfills or the ocean.
Shifting away from hard-to-recycle and single-use plastics will help reduce plastic waste, improve our recycling systems and protect our environment.
Plastics are being phased out to support our country’s move towards a low-emissions, low-waste economy.
From 1 July, bans and restrictions on certain plastic items were enforced. Further restrictions will follow in the next few years.
Plastic Free July® is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.
Find out more at plasticfreejuly.org.
Find out more
- Visit our Single-use plastics page
- Visit the Ministry for the Environment’s Plastic phase out web page.
- Download the Phasing out problem plastics in Aotearoa factsheet [PDF].