Retailers in New Zealand have been given six months to stop handing out plastic bags to customers or face fines of up to NZ$100,000.
Associate Environment Minister in New Zealand, Eugenie Sage says there is a strong public support to phase out single-use plastic bags.
She says some of the big retailers have already stopped, but some are lagging behind. Read: Demand for paper straws is growing rapidly in SA
We are a country surrounded by sea and we have seen the damages caused by plastic bags. Because they are so light, they get into rivers, stormwater pipes and end up in the ocean.— Eugenie Sage, Associate Environment Minister in New Zealand
Earlier this year I received a petition signed by over 65 000 people saying phase out or ban the plastic bags... so we need to turn the tide on plastics.— Eugenie Sage, Associate Environment Minister in New Zealand
To hear the rest of the conversation with New Zealand minister, Eugenie Sage, listen below: