The government is phasing out hard-to-recycle and single-use plastics to address plastic pollution and as part of a broader ambition to move Aotearoa towards a low-waste economy.
For guidance on the bans, download your guide.
As of 1 July 2023, it will be illegal to manufacture, sell or distribute the following:
Plastic drinking straws
Plastic cutlery. It also includes cutlery that is integral to the packaging of a food product (e.g., cutlery sold with single-serve ice cream or salad packs)
- Plastic tableware includes single-use plastic bowls, plates and platters