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New Measures For Banned Plastics In New Zealand And Australia
- Dec 29, 2018 -

In retrospect, on June 9th, at the G7 summit, the contents of the G7 Plastic Charter promised to recycle and reuse at least 55% of plastic packaging by 2030; recently, New Zealand and Australia were “100 before 2025”. % use reusable, recyclable or degradable packaging, compared to the two countries are more powerful.

    Recently, New Zealand supermarket chain Countdown has announced a new trend of environmental protection: before 2025, its own brand will no longer use plastic packaging. At the same time, starting from October 1 this year, Countdown will no longer sell plastic straws, only paper straws. This is also a new environmental protection plan launched by Countdown in May this year after it announced the phased cancellation of one-time free plastic bags.

    As a participant in the "Love NZ Soft Plastics Schem", it is reported that Countdown has placed soft plastic recycling bins at the door of supermarkets all the year round so that consumers can put soft plastic bags such as waste plastic bags, bread bags and quick-frozen food bags into the market. Recycling, these recycled plastics will be made into park benches and guardrails.

After the launch of the Countdown private label ban, private brands such as Fresh Choice and SuperValue will deprecate the current plastic packaging and switch to recyclable, recyclable or degradable packaging.

    In addition to the Countdown supermarket, 12 companies in New Zealand have committed to change packaging methods, including Foodstuffs (with New World, Pak'n Save, Four Square supermarket chain), New Zealand Post, Frucor Suntory (Australian drinking water company) ), Coca-Cola, L'Oreal, Pepsi, Unilever and Nestle. These brands have signed the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration (unan agreement to use 100% recyclable, recyclable or degradable packaging by 2025).

    New Zealand’s Deputy Minister of the Environment, Eugenie Sage, expressed his appreciation: “I hope more companies will get involved and work together to reduce plastic pollution.”

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Australian officials promise to reduce plastic waste

    Coincidentally, eight Australian states, territories, and federal environmental ministers have signed a joint agreement. The agreement sets the goal of achieving 100% recyclable, reusable or degradable packaging nationwide by 2025.

Supervised by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation Ltd. (APCO) in Sydney. Founded in 1999, APCO is a non-profit organization established by industry associations and brand owners to reduce packaging waste and increase recycling and reuse.

    APCO said the agreement reached after the Melbourne Joint Conference was in response to China's waste import restrictions.

    The Minister stated that China’s restrictions have affected about 1.3 million tons or 4% of recycled waste in Australia. Among them, 35% of the garbage is recyclable plastic, and a large part does not meet the new restrictions on pollutants in China.

The Minister agreed:

• Reduce the amount of waste generated and make the product easier to recycle.

• Encourage waste reduction strategies by increasing consumer awareness, education and industry leadership.

• Improve Australia's recycling capacity.

• Increase demand for recycled products and work together to create new markets for recycled materials.

• Seek opportunities to convert waste into energy or biofuel projects.

In a statement, the Minister stated that Australia announced the voluntary phase-out of polyethylene microbeads in 2016. The goal is now on track and 94% of cosmetics and personal care products no longer contain microbeads.