From 1 July 2023 the Government is phasing out more single-use plastics.
The Government is also restricting the use of plastic straws and phasing out non-compostable produce labels. After 1 July 2023 the manufacture, sale or distribution of single-use plastic produce bags, and plastic plates, bowls and cutlery will be banned.
These phase-outs are part of the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation (Plastic and Related Products) Regulations 2022.
Plastic produce bags.
Plastic drinking straws.*
Plastic produce labels.
See image for alternatives and *exemptions.
These bans are likely to affect a range of local business, including supermarkets and food and drink sellers.
You can also go without a bag altogether when picking out produce to purchase.
If you are a supplier and would like to be added to this list, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ministry for the Environment website contains the following information regarding compliance:
All businesses are legally obligated to comply with the regulations. The Ministry for the Environment will first work with businesses to ensure they understand their obligations, however penalties apply for non-compliance.
We will generally take an educational approach and offer advice to help businesses understand their responsibilities. The way we work is guided by our Compliance, monitoring and enforcement strategy.
We will take enforcement action where appropriate, particularly where systemic or ongoing non-compliance occurs. Parties that contravene the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 may face prosecution and, if convicted, fines of up to $100,000 per offence. All prosecution decisions are made subject to our Prosecutions policy and Enforcement decision making policy.
Suspected non-compliance can be reported via this online form from 1 July 2023.
Ministry for the Environment
Businesses should be aware that further bans are planned for some plastic products in 2025.