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New Zealand Passes Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

New Zealand Passes Ban on Single-Use Plastic Bags

  • 박은경 기자
  • 승인 2019.07.03 13:08
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[서울=RNX뉴스] 박은경 기자 = The legislation, which was announced in August 2018, came into force on July 1.

The ban prevents companies from supplying single-use shopping bags, while still allowing reusable carriers to be provided.

Shoppers are being encouraged to report retailers that continue to offer plastic bags and officials will perform random checks.

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Companies that violate the new law can face up to $67,000 in fines.

The ban is New Zealand's attempt to address the growing concern of plastic pollution, which is estimated to injure or kill more than 100,000 marine mammals a year.

New Zealand’s Environment Minister, Eugenie Sage, hopes the new ban will help start the country’s must needed conversation on recycling.

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