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Some plastic products now banned

Since 1 October 2022 it became illegal to provide, sell or manufacture the following plastic products in New Zealand: 

  • Single use plastic drink stirrers 
  • Single use plastic cotton buds 
  • Degradable plastics such as oxo and photo degradable (such as some dog poo bags)
  • Certain PVC food trays and containers  
  • Polystyrene takeaway food and beverage packaging, and
  • Expanded polystyrene food and beverage packaging.  

These new regulations may affect the way you do business. To find out more, go to and search for ‘plastic phase outs’ and scroll to the end page.