Phasing out hard-to-recycle and single-use plastics in New Zealand
From 1 October 2022, it’s now illegal to provide, sell or manufacture certain hard-to-recycle and single use plastic products in Aotearoa New Zealand.
This shift is part of a wider ambition to move Aotearoa New Zealand towards a low-emissions, low-waste economy.
Hard-to-recycle and single-use plastics contaminate our recycling, add to waste in our landfills, or end up as litter in our environment.
A list of items being phased out in the first round – which includes polystyrene takeaway food and drink packaging – is shown in the table below.
For more detail, including exemptions, suggested alternatives, and guidance for sellers and manufacturers, visit the Ministry for the Environment guidelines.
Flush water before drinking
The Ministry of Health recommends flushing a mugful of water from your drinking water tap each morning, before use, to remove any traces of metals from the plumbing fittings that may have dissolved.
This simple precaution is recommended for all households in the District, whether on public or private water supplies, as trace metals in water can pose a small risk to your health.