We're going single-use plastic bag free- get your info pack from the PBA today

 

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As of 1st July 2019, single-use plastic bags will be banned in all retail stores; cafés and even your local fish and chip shop.

With thanks to Panuku Development Auckland, the Pukekohe Business Association has packs available that contain useful information and samples of approved reusable retail bags. This pack also includes special offers from Innocent Packaging and Ecobags to encourage retailers to make the switch from single-use plastic bags. Please contact us if you would like one of the packs for your business.

New Zealand uses hundreds of millions of single-use plastic shopping bags a year and most of those end up in a landfill or as litter in our waterways, coasts and oceans. It takes about 500 years for these bags to decompose and even then, they can only break down into micro-plastics which are toxic for New Zealand's plants, animals and ultimately us.

Check out the below for some frequently asked questions that can help better prepare your business to be ready for this change.

What are the consequences of using single-use plastic bags after 1 July?

You could be fined up to $100,000 on conviction.

What types of bags are banned?

The ban applies to all new or unused plastic shopping bags with carrying handles that are less than 70 microns thick and are provided for the purpose of distributing sold goods.

The ban includes plastic shopping bags that are made from bio-based materials like starch and those that are designed to be compostable, degradable or biodegradable.

These regulations apply whether the bags and/or goods are being sold or given away for free.

Why are biodegradable bags being banned?

Studies suggest that light compostable/biodegradable plastic bags do not break down any faster when ingested by birds and other species than a ·normal' petrochemical plastic bag. They can, therefore, have the same devastating impact on our marine and bird life.

Does the ban apply to my business?

The ban applies to businesses In New Zealand that transacts goods for money. This includes any kind

of shop. For example. dairies. cafes, takeaway foods, petrol stations. clothing shops, and hardware shops and garden centres.

Why do we need a ban?

New Zealand uses hundreds of millions of single-use plastic shopping bags a year and most of those end up in a landfill or as litter in our waterways, coasts and oceans. It takes about 500 years for these bags to decompose and even then, they can only break down into micro-plastics which are toxic for New Zealand's plants, animals and ultimately us.

Which bags are still allowed?

The ban does not apply to:

  • Long-life reusable bags made of heavier plastic (>70 microns)
  • Produce bags that are integral to a product's packaging (such as a bread bag)
  • Heavier compostable biodegradable bags (>70 microns)
  • Kitchen tidy or bin liner bags Hessian bags
  • Fabric bags made of lightweight nylon, cotton, recycled fabric or jute

Where can I get a supply of the bags that are ok to use?

Panuku is delighted to offer a discount to local businesses from these suppliers*:

Innocent packaging (use discount code "Panuku25") ~

        -Two bag samples from Innocent Packaging are included in the plastic bag ban kit for your reference. For further information go to www.innocentpackaging.co.nz

Ecobags (use discount code Retail#20)

        - See separate brochure included In the plastic bag ban kit for details. For further information go to ecobags.co.nz

*These offers are only available on selected Innocent Packaging and Ecobags products only. Expires 1 July 2020, T's & C's apply.

You can also use your own suppliers to obtain bags provided they comply with the criteria outlined in a brochure found in the plastic bag ban kit that is available from the Pukekohe Business Association.