The Ministry for the Environment is seeking feedback on two proposals related to plastic design, use and disposal.
Proposal 1: The Government is looking to move away from hard-to-recycle plastics, starting with a phase-out of:
- some polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polystyrene packaging
- all oxo-degradable plastic products.
This is part of a long-term shift toward a more circular economy for plastics where packaging materials are made of higher value materials that are easier to recycle.
Proposal 2: The Government also seeks feedback on a phase-out of some single-use plastic items.
Moving away from single-use items in the future will help to encourage reuse, reduce waste to landfill, and minimise harm to the environment from plastic litter.
Deadline: 5 pm 4 November 2020.