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Reducing the impact of plastic on our environment – moving away from hard-to-recycle and single-use items

This consultation document seeks feedback on two proposals related to plastic design, use and disposal.

This consultation document seeks feedback on two proposals related to plastic design, use and disposal.

Proposal 1: The Government is looking to move away from hard-to-recycle plastics, starting with a phase-out of:

  • some polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polystyrene packaging
  • all oxo-degradable plastic products.

This is part of a long-term shift toward a more circular economy for plastics where packaging materials are made of higher value materials that are easier to recycle.

Proposal 2: The Government also seeks feedback on a phase-out of some single-use plastic items.

Moving away from single-use items in the future will help to encourage reuse, reduce waste to landfill, and minimise harm to the environment from plastic litter.

Submissions closed at 5 pm on 4 December 2020.

Find out about the Government's decisions

Publication reference number: ME 1520

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