New Zealand announces plan to phase out single-use plastic bags

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).


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