The Retail NZ association has stepped forward to announce its support of the plastic bag ban that took place earlier in the year.
August this year saw the government announced a complete ban on single use plastic bags around New Zealand, now that move for 2019 has been further confirmed.
Even with a change that will impact almost all retailers, the Retail NZ association has stepped forward with its support towards the move as 2019 draws nearer.
Retail NZ's GM Public Affairs Greg Harford says that the associate endorses this decision, and that they will also be there to offer the best outcomes for retailers who will be impacted by the upcoming ban .
"Retailers large and small have been working hard over time to reduce or eliminate the number of plastic carrier bags being issued, and the formalisation of the phase out will ensure that there is a level playing field right across the retail sector…We have seen a big rise in the number of customers taking their own reusable bags to the shops, so the phase-out will lock in the benefits of this into the future.”
"Some retailers will be left with unused plastic bags following the six-month transition window. It may be a challenge to ensure that these are used or disposed of in an appropriate way, and we will be discussing this further to seek clarity over the coming months, to get the best environmental outcomes.
The move has also affected other ‘environmentally friendly’ plastic bags, as although they may lessen the strain on the ecosystem, Retail NZ expresses our lack of technology to process them.
"Retail NZ also endorses the Government's decision to include so-called compostable, biodegradable and degradable bags in the phase out. These products can still cause environmental harm, and we do not have the proper infrastructure in New Zealand to ensure that even compostable bags are dealt with at scale."
Find out more at; www.retail.org.nz/advice