The Ministry for the Environment has released Hindi language resources to help inform retail businesses and customers about the upcoming single-use plastic bags ban, which begins on 1 July 2019.
The six month phase-out period ends soon, and from the start of next month the ban requires all retailers selling goods in New Zealand to stop offering single-use plastic shopping bags. This includes retail shops, eateries, online stores, not-for-profit organisations and community markets.
The ban means retailers won’t be able to give out or sell single-use plastic bags that:
Are made of any type of plastic less than 70 microns in thickness. This includes plastics made from bio-based materials such as starch and plastics designed to be degradable, biodegradable or oxo-degradable, AND
Have carry handles including die cut handles, AND
Are new or unused
New Zealanders are overwhelmingly behind the phase out. A public consultation saw 9,300 people and organisations submit on a mandatory nationwide phase-out, with 92 percent supporting the move.
The phase-out period and advance information means most businesses will have had enough time to comply with the new regulations. From 1 July, the Ministry will continue to take an educational approach and to offer advice to help businesses understand their responsibilities.
When the ban begins, the Ministry for the Environment will:
Provide an online form (on MfE’s website) that people can use to inform us about retailers who don’t comply
Contact retailers who we confirm as not complying
Monitor the volume and nature of these reports, so we can further educate businesses about their responsibilities under the regulations
The Hindi language resources available for download are:
Facts for businesses
Answering customers’ questions
Alternatives to single-use plastic shopping bags
Environmental pros and cons of alternatives to single-use plastic bags
Questions to ask your bag supplier
Interested retailers can visit the Ministry for the Environment’s website to download Hindi language resources: