What you need to know
The ban applies to all new single-use plastic shopping bags with handles that are made of plastic up to 70 microns in thickness.
Examples of banned bags:
The ban also includes bags made of degradable plastic and plant based plastics. This is regardless of whether the plastic material is made from fossil-fuel or biological sources such as plants.
This includes biodegradable, compostable and oxy-degradable plastics bags. These are sometimes marketed as 'not plastic' and may have these icons:
Information for businesses on the single-use plastic shopping bags ban which took effect New Zealand on 1 July 2019.
The ban on single-use plastic shopping bags began on 1 July 2019. Customers may have questions about the new regulations. See our suggested answers.
The ban on single-use plastic shopping bags began on 1 July 2019. Your business needs to either offer an alternative solution (free or at a cost) or ask customers to bring their own bags.
Let your customers know about the phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags. Put up a poster in store.