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

 

Huge support for levy on single use plastic bags


17 July 2017

Huge support for levy on single use plastic bags


Local Government New Zealand has today sent a letter to Associate Minister for the Environment Hon Scott Simpson calling for the Government to introduce a levy on single use plastic bags.

Signed by 65 mayors and chairs from around the country, the letter builds on a remit from the 2015 LGNZ Conference calling for a levy, and which was supported by 89 per cent of councils. The experience of those in local government is that plastic bags make a considerable impact on local environments and communities bear the environmental and financial burden.

International experience has shown the introduction of levies can be effective and in countries like Denmark, Ireland and China have led to a dramatic reduction in plastic bag use. A levy could play an important role in helping New Zealand’s efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover waste.

The letter was launched for signing in June by Wellington Mayor and LGNZ National Council member Justin Lester, supported by Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull. The letter, attached, calls on the government to impose a levy on single use plastic bags, or to give individual councils the ability to regulate themselves.

Mr Lester says there is clear public will for a levy on plastic bags.

“Not only are 90 per cent of New Zealand’s cities and towns represented, but what we’ve seen over the past month is that the majority of New Zealanders support this levy, and most notably, retailers are on board too,” Mr Lester says.

LGNZ President Lawrence Yule says councils and communities take their environmental responsibilities seriously. A levy on plastic bags would act as a deterrent at the point of sale and go some way towards removing these harmful products from the waste stream.

“It’s clear to us that we need to do more to minimise the impact of plastic bags on our environment,” Mr Yule says. “Plastic bags cause harm in their creation, when they go to landfill and when they are littered.”

In January the Government announced proposals to ban products containing plastic microbeads from New Zealand because they could not be recycled and there was clear evidence of harm to waterways, fish and shellfish.

“This was a great step and was welcomed by many across the board,” Mr Yule says. “A levy on single use plastic bags is the logical next step. They are just as ubiquitous as the microbeads, which are largely being phased out by those who manufacture them anyway, and we need to take a real step forward to break the plastic bag habit so many of us have.

“There are some excellent soft plastic recycling efforts underway, and we acknowledge those. But let’s use the momentum we have here to make a real difference.”

*Ends*

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Teachers Strike: Nationwide Rallies And Marches

Teachers and principals voted for a full day strike to be held on 15 August to send a strong message to the Government that the current collective agreement offers from the Ministry of Education would not fix the crisis in teaching.

"There needs to be better investment in education so every child can reach their potential and we have enough teachers for every class", said NZEI Te Riu Roa lead principal negotiator Louise Green. More>>

 

Wellington.Scoop: City Council Ends Its Support For Jackson’s Movie Museum

The Wellington City Council and the Movie Museum Limited have today announced a mutually-agreed parting of the ways for a joint project between the Council’s Convention Centre and TMML’s Movie Museum... Both parties remain optimistic for the future of their respective projects. More>>

Pay Equity: Historic Settlement For Education Support Workers

The New Zealand Educational Institute (NZEI) and the Ministry of Education today signed Terms of Settlement to address a pay equity claim for 329 support workers who work with very young children in early childhood and primary schools. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Stereotypes About Jacinda Ardern

Routinely, female politicians get depicted as either show ponies or battle axes, with little room for anything else in between. .. More>>

Weekend Interviews: "Discriminatory And Racist" Aussie Deportations

The former president of Australia’s Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs says deportations have risen dramatically in Australia since 2014 when ministers and ministerial delegates were given the power to cancel visas - and half of those being deported are New Zealanders. "These are massive numbers, actually escalating dramatically."... More>>

ALSO:

Legal Challenge: Prisoner Has 9 Boxes Of Documents Seized

Human rights organisation People Against Prisons Aotearoa says a prisoner they advocate for has had 9 boxes of legal documents seized from him just days before his case against the Department of Corrections was to be heard. More>>

Single-Use Plastic Bags: Govt To Phase Them Out

Single-use plastic shopping bags will be phased out over the next year, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage announced today. More>>

ALSO:

Lesser Politicians: ACT Conference Promises Fewer Politicians

Party Leader David Seymour today revealed his Smaller Government Bill which will reduce the size of Parliament to 100 MPs, limit the size of the Executive to 20 Ministers, and remove the Maori seats. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages