Don't get caught out! From 1 October 2022 it will be illegal to provide, sell or manufacture certain hard-to-recycle and single-use plastic products in New Zealand.  


Step 1 Phaseout effective 1st October 2022 includes:

  • Single-use plastic drink stirrers 
  • Single-use plastic cotton buds 
  • Plastics with pro-degradant additives 
  • Certain PVC food trays and containers 
  • Polystyrene takeaway food and beverage packaging  
  • Expanded polystyrene food and beverage packaging. 

MfE has released guidance for sellers and manufacturers of theses banned products, along with descriptions of the banned products, exemptions and alternatives.

View the Plastics Phase-Out Guidance for Sellers and Manufacturers

Further plastic bans are expected to come into force in 2023 and 2025. For an overview of the products included in those bans see Phasing out hard-to-recycle and single-use plastics.


Phasing Out SU HTR Plastics