10 Aug '18, 1am

New Zealand to ban single-use plastic bags

WELLINGTON: New Zealand became the latest country on Friday (Aug 10) to outlaw single-use plastic shopping bags, with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern saying they will be phased out over the next year as a "meaningful step" towards reducing pollution. New Zealand uses "hundreds of millions" of single-use plastic bags each year, many of which end up harming marine life, Ardern said. Advertisement "We need to be far smarter in the way we manage waste and this is a good start," she said. "We're phasing-out single-use plastic bags so we can better look after our environment and safeguard New Zealand's clean, green reputation." Ardern said her coalition government, which includes the Green Party, was facing up to environmental challenges and "just like climate change, we're taking meaningful steps to reduce plastics pollution so we don't pass this problem to future generations." S...

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