New Zealand has issued legislation to prohibit several categories of products containing plastic. This will become effective on October 1, 2022.
In March 2022, New Zealand issued its Waste Minimization (Plastic and Related Products) Regulations 2022 to prohibit certain plastic-containing products.
According to the definitions in the new law, plastic means any plastic material that is produced from any source, including a bio-based source, whether or not it is designed to degrade in a particular manner.
Highlights of the new law are summarized in Table 1.
March 14, 2022
|October 1, 2022|
|1Limited derogations apply|
2Plastic that contains additives to accelerate fragmentation (e.g. oxo-degradable or photodegradable plastics)
3Tray or container containing polyvinyl chloride or polyvinylidene dichloride and is used as rigid and pre-formed packaging for any product that a) is, or contains meat, fish, poultry or a substitute of these, or b) is fresh produce, or c) is freshly baked where it is sold by retail
4Contains expanded polystyrene (EPS) or rigid polystyrene to be used as a container or packaging for food or drink that a) is supplied for immediate consumption, or b) only in the case of EPS, is otherwise sold by retail, but c) is not a rigid polystyrene lid for a drink
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