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New Zealand plans initiatives to eliminate single-use plastics

December 13/2019

MOSCOW (MRC) -- The Government of New Zealand has decided to implement a number of initiatives to eliminate single-use plastics and reduce waste, said Packaging-gateway.

The decision follows a successful implementation of the single-use plastic bag ban earlier this year. New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: Our ban on plastic bags has already made a difference as we confront our enormous long-term challenge to tackle plastic waste. "Many New Zealanders, including many children, write to me about plastic, concerned with its proliferation over the past decade and the mounting waste ending up in our oceans.

"I share this concern for our natural environment, one that sustains our tourism, trade and our national identity." The countrys primary goal will be to eliminate single-use packaging and beverage containers made from hard-to-recycle polyvinyl chloride and polystyrene, including polystyrene meat trays, cups and takeaway food containers.

Collaboration with the local government and industry will be intensified to promote reliable kerbside collection of recyclables. The development of a labelling scheme for packaging, including plastics, will continue in collaboration with the industry.

Ardern added: We will work towards ensuring that these are made of high-value alternatives like PET, HDPE and polypropylene, which can be recycled and reprocessed. We can ensure that New Zealands future is not full of throw-aways but of smart innovations and practical steps to reduce, reuse and recycle."

Prime ministers Chief Science Advisor professor Juliet Gerrard released the Rethinking Plastics in Aotearoa New Zealand report. The main recommendations in the report include implementing a national plastics action plan, plastics data collection improvement, developing and enabling consistency in design, use and disposal, embedding Rethinking Plastics in the government agenda, as well as innovating, amplifying and mitigating environmental and health impact of plastics.

According to MRC's ScanPlast report, Russia's estimated PET consumption dropped in September 2019 by 10% year on year, totalling 58,210 tonnes. Overall, 551,320 tonnes of PET was processed in Russia in the first nine months of 2019, up 9% year on year.


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Author:Anna Larionova
Tags:PP, PS, PE, packaging, New Zealand.
Category:General News
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