Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Mayor supports plastic bag levy

Gisborne District Council Mayor Meng Foon is supporting 13 Mayors across the country to lobby central government to implement a national levy on single-use plastic bags.

Wellington City Council Mayor Justin Lester wrote to Mayor Foon in May asking for his support in calling for government to implement a national levy at the point of sale, or empower local councils with authority to determine their own local policy.

“We need to reduce this plastic that doesn’t break down. We need to do better and we can with government support through legislation,” said Mayor Foon.

Mayor Justin Lester says imposing a compulsory levy at the point of sale will act as a deterrent, reducing the total number of single use plastic bags produced,”

“This has been proven to work overseas. When the UK brought in just a 5p levy in 2015, they've seen an 86 per cent decrease in the number of plastic bags going to landfills,” he said.

Local Government New Zealand president Lawrence Yule said a levy had strong support from the sector, with a poll from 2015 showing 89 per cent of councils were in support.

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull have already publicly pledged their support.

Research into plastic bags, presented at the WasteMINZ conference in 2016 found that 65% of people are in favour of bag charges if the money is donated to charity.

This is the model the Warehouse operates on where all their bag charges are donated to local charities.

Gisborne District Council has supported the efforts of Plastic Bag Free Tairawhiti’s Flag the Bag initiatives.

“I think the initiative and vision of the Flag the Bag team is awesome.”

“Voluntary schemes can only go so far. I would like to go further and have glass bottle deposits like we use to.”

Activities are planned for promoting Plastic Free July encouraging people to go without single use plastics for the entire month, a bag-a-thon bag making workshop run by Kapai Kaiti on 14 July, and free public movie screening of A Plastic Ocean at the Odeon Theatre on 26 July.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On DHB Deficits And Free Trade

Currently the world is looking on aghast at the Trump administration’s plans to slash Obamacare, mainly in order to finance massive tax changes that will deliver most of their gains to the wealthy. Lives will be lost in the trade-off. Millions of Americans stand to lose access to the healthcare they need.

Spot the difference with New Zealand, where DHBs are under intense pressure to reduce deficits within a climate of chronic underfunding. More>>

 
 

Greens' Response: Slum-Like Rentals Exposed In Renting Review

“...The grim findings of the review are a wakeup call about the true state of rentals in this country. Too many renters are festering in slum-like conditions under the thumb of landlords who have largely unchecked powers and ignore tenants’ complaints when it suits them.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Life And Times Of Peter Dunne

The unkind might talk of sinking ships, others could be more reminded of a loaded revolver left on the desk by his Cabinet colleagues as they closed the door behind them, now that the polls in Ohariu had confirmed he was no longer of much use to National. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Lyndon Hood: Social Welfare, Explained

Speaking as someone who has seen better times and nowadays mostly operates by being really annoying and humiliating to deal with, I have some fellow feeling with the current system, so I’ll take this chance to set a few things straight.. More>>

ALSO:

Deregistered: Independent Board Decision On Family First

The Board considers that Family First has a purpose to promote its own particular views about marriage and the traditional family that cannot be determined to be for the public benefit in a way previously accepted as charitable... More>>

ALSO:

Transport Policies: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election