New Zealand announces plan to phase out single-use plastic bags
New Zealand is the latest country to get rid of single-use plastic shopping bags.
In an announcement on Friday, Prime Minister Jacinda Arden said the ban was necessary to “safeguard New Zealand’s clean, green reputation”.
The move comes after a petition with 65,000 signatures called for a ban on the single-use bags.
“It’s also the biggest single subject schoolchildren write to me about,” she said.
According to media reports, New Zealand retailers will have six months to stop providing single-use bags, or face fines of up to NZ $100,000 (around AED 242,000).