New Zealanders use around 1.6 billion single-use plastic bags every year, which end up in landfills, litter, or even worse – our oceans. They can choke and strangle marine animals, and as they break down, enter our food chain when fish swallow them.
We’re launching a Members’ Bill to put a small charge of 15 cents on single-use plastic bags at your local shop. That money will go to the good guys doing waste minimisation work and education to help us get plastic bags out of our oceans.
Let Environment Minister Nick Smith know you support this Bill!
Dear Nick Smith, Minister for the Environment,
New Zealanders use around 1.6 billion single-use plastic bags every year, despite the growing number of environmentally aware people taking their own reusable bags to the supermarket. Single-use plastic bags add tonnes of rubbish to our landfills. But not just that – plastic bags can end up in our oceans where marine animals can either choke on them or become entangled in them and die, and as the plastic bags break down particles of plastic are swallowed by fish and get into our food chain.
As Minister for the Environment, you can help clean up our oceans and reduce plastic bag pollution by supporting the Green Party’s Waste Minimisation (Single-use Plastic Bag) Amendment Bill and ensuring it is passed into law.
A levy on single-use plastic bags would reduce the amount of rubbish New Zealanders create each year, and would create revenue for the many non-profit organisations cleaning up our environment.
I support the Green Party’s Waste Minimisation (Single-use Plastic Bag) Amendment Bill. Should the Bill pass into legislation, it would place a 15c charge on plastic bags sold at the check-out, with the money going back to the Government, and made available for orgnisations undertaking waste minimisation programmes and education. It’s a small way to get New Zealanders to think about the number of plastic bags they use, and to fund the work to undo the damage plastic bags wreak on our environment.