Phase out Plastic Bags NZ
This petition had 17,673 supporters
The excessive number of plastic bags produced by supermarkets, and the detrimental effects these have on the environment is disturbing. Our campaign has been endorsed by the Mayor of Wellington (Justin Lester) and the Wellington Council. We are calling on the Government of New Zealand to impose a 10 cent levy on all plastic bags in supermarkets across the country, in an effort to phase out plastic bags and reduce damage to the environment of our beautiful country.
There are currently 2650 supermarkets in New Zealand, (namely New World, Countdown, Pak’N’Save and Foursquare), where 400,000 single-use plastic bags are produced every hour, 36 million every week, and to put things in perspective this is 1.872 billion per year. Last year, the United Kingdom government imposed a 5p (9c) levy on plastic bags, and all money collected was given to charities. The move has led to an 85 per cent reduction in plastic bag use and raised £29m ($52.3m) for charity in six months. 30 countries and 170 states have imposed a single-use plastic bag levy or an outright ban, so why can't we? If the whole of New Zealand reduced use by 260,870 bags each week (0.06 bags per person) we would be completely plastic bag free by the first week of 2020. Not just in New Zealand, but in the Pacific Ocean, plastic waste circulates to a massive complex of plastic waste, estimated to be twice the size of the United States. Plastic bags are used on average for less than 12 minutes- is the convenience really worth the life of a marine creature?
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