minister downplays reports of imminent plastic-bag ban

by:Yucai     2020-01-07
Eugenie Sage, assistant minister of environment, clarified the government\'s position on a single issue
According to news reports, a nationwide ban is about to be introduced.
Newshub reported that the government will introduce a ban and quoted Sage as saying that an announcement could be made \"in the coming months.
After the Herald contacted Sage\'s office this afternoon to clarify the matter, the minister said no such call had been received.
\"Today, I reiterated my preference for banning singles --
Use plastic bags, \"she said.
\"The government has not yet made a decision on how to get rid of these bags.
\"Officials from the Ministry of Environment are looking at options and will make decisions after considering this information.
\"My current preference is to phase out singles.
Use plastic bags instead of taxing them.
\"Her comments came after 12 companies promised to use 100 of recyclable packaging to mark World Environment Day by 2025. New Zealand-
Based on food, Countdown, NZ Post & fruit Suntory and multinational companies Amcor, Danone, L\'Oreal, Mars, Pepsi, Coca-Cola
Coca-Cola, Unilever and Nestle have signed a new Zealand plastic packaging statement.
Countdown, fresh options and Supervalue announced that they will phase out plastic straws by October 1 and push at least 100 of reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging to 2025.
Kiri Hannifin, general manager of company affairs at Countdown, said that by phasing out plastic straws, the company will eliminate 11 plastic straws.
6 million per year come from landfill sites.
Food is also being tried out, asking customers to take their own containers to the new world of Howell, filled with meat for slaughter or seafood.
L\'Oreal replaced the original materials last year with 7294 tons of recycled materials, which increased in 2016.
For example, in 2017, the group\'s Redken, Kiehl and puology brands launched 250 ml shampoo bottles made of 100 recycled plastic.
Scientists estimate that there are more than 0. 15 billion tons of plastic in the ocean. if there is no change in the ocean, the weight of plastic will exceed that of fish by 2050.
\"We need to move to a circular economy, design waste from our economic system and create and purchase products with long life that can be easily disassembled for reuse,\" said sage: \"recycle or compost. \".
However, Greenpeace is skeptical about the new commitment of these companies, calling it an \"industry --
Led false solution \".
Emily Hunt, a Greenpeace marine activist, said: \"The key word missing from this commitment is\" reduce \".
\"We need to be vigilant about this kind of commitment that sounds good, but in fact, the growth in plastic packaging production is allowed in our lives and oceans, while companies have always been green leaders.
\"Greenpeace wants the government to develop a plastic pollution strategy, starting with a total ban on plastic bags, and then proceed to eliminate other avoidable single pollution
Using plastics such as straws, cutlery and mixing sticks, a national container storage plan was finally developed to ensure better collection with beverage bottles.
The group also praised Sage\'s desire to ban plastic bags, but warned that it could fail if the ban was not comprehensive.
\"It is very encouraging to hear that Assistant Minister Sage is keen to ban singles
Use plastic bags after 72,000 of US
Petitions and letters signed by Jane Goodall, Helen Clark and Sam Neil, as well as a number of retailers, as well as a promise to give up being single
\"Plastic bags are used in the two largest supermarkets,\" Hunt said . \".
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