What’s SUPP? The latest on single-use problematic plastic bans in New Zealand

New Zealand is taking action against single-use problematic plastics with legislation coming into force in 2022. Bans under the Waste Minimisation (Plastic and Related Products) Regulations 2022 will unfold across three tranches, beginning 1 October 2022.



Building upon the implementation of the single-use plastic ban in 2019, the enforcement of the Waste Minimisation Regulations 2022 will ban key single-use plastic products that attribute to landfill in New Zealand. Bans will extend to all types of plastic, including compostable and bio-based plastics.


The regulations will unfold across three tranches, beginning 1 October 2022. Legislation applies nationwide, with specific exclusions and exemptions.


Rest assured, Detpak has you covered with our extensive range of compliant packaging solutions.


What products are impacted by the ban?

- From 1 October 2022, the following items will be banned:

o Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pre-formed, rigid food trays and containers

o Polystyrene (PS) takeaway food and beverage packaging

o Expanded polystyrene (EPS) food and beverage packaging

o Oxo- and photo- degradable plastic products

o Plastic drink stirrers

o Plastic stemmed cotton buds

o Bans extend to all types of plastic including compostable and bio-plastics.


- From mid-2023, the following items will be banned:

o Plastic produce bags

o Plastic plates, bowls and cutlery

o Plastic straws

o Plastic produce labels


- From mid-2025, the following items will be banned:

o All other PVC food and beverage packaging

o All other PS food and beverage packaging


*Please note: This information is indicative only and current as at 1 July 2022. Information is subject to legislative changes.


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