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Packaging Forum welcomes proposed ban on single use plastic bags standard

MEDIA RELEASE: The Packaging Forum welcomes the Government’s proposal to ban all single use plastic, biodegradable and compostable bags to set a level playing field for the retail industry and to take an estimated 800 million bags out of circulation. Lyn Mayes, Manager Soft Plastics Recycling Scheme said: “Based on a recent audit around 10% of the number of bags which we collect are single use shopping carrier bags. These bags are not just from supermarkets but a wide range of retail chains as well as dairies. We have also noticed an increase in degradable and compostable bags which are a contaminant in our recycling stream. “The soft plastic recycling scheme has a target of a 35% recovery rate by ...

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Moves to declare end of life tyres a priority product standard

New Zealand has edged one step closer to solving its ever-mounting problem with end of life tyres. Auckland Mayor Phil Goff welcomed comments from Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage on the declaration of end of life tyres as a priority product, on May 18. This would see the establishment of New Zealand’s first mandatory product stewardship scheme for end of life tyres as recommended by Tyrewise, and would be the first time a NZ government has announced a priority product. MORE MEDIA: – Mayor wants scheme to stop tyre waste – Listen to Minister Eugenie Sage and Mayor Phil Goff speak on the day – New facility to tackle NZ’s tyre recycling challenge – Auckland recycling plant to ...

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