AKIPRESS.COM - New Zealand has become the latest country to ban single-use plastic bags in an effort to tackle plastic pollution, the Guardianreported.
On Friday, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced plans to phase out single-use plastic bags over the next year in order to “look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand’s clean, green reputation,” the New Zealand Herald reports.
“Every year in New Zealand we use hundreds of millions of single-use plastic bags — a mountain of bags, many of which end up polluting our precious coastal and marine environments and cause serious harm to all kinds of marine life,” Ardern said. “Just like climate change, we’re taking meaningful steps to reduce plastics pollution so we don’t pass this problem to future generations.”
New Zealand retailers will have six months to stop providing the single-use bags, or face fines of up to NZ $100,000 ($66,000).