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Nutty plastic bag ban killing jobs

"The Greens’ nutty ban on single-use plastic bags has claimed its first victim", says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Stuff has reported that Porirua-based Kiwi Plastics is set to close its doors at the end of the year, putting its workers out of a job.

"The policy of banning single-use plastic bags is lose-lose.

"It will lead to worse economic outcomes: jobs lost, poorer Kiwis having to buy higher-cost bags, and less convenience. And it will hurt the planet as people are forced to use bags that have a higher impact.

"Aside from virtue-signalling, it’s hard to see why this product has been singled out.

"It's not the bags that are harming the environment, it's the way people are using them.

"Besides, single-use plastic bags make up just 0.01 per cent of landfill waste.

"The Government should be focused on win-win policies that help both the environment and the economy, not lose-lose propositions that harm both.

"This is a poorly thought out policy, which relies more on letters from young children than it does on hard evidence and analysis", says Mr Seymour.


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