As part of the Plastics New Zealand ‘Advancing the Circular Economy for Plastics' Programme; 

  • Working Groups : Pilot Programme for Lids & Caps Update, EPS Working Group Submission 
  • Circular Design Adisory - What it can do for you! 

Good CapsStudents collecting caps and learning about the circular economy

Plastics NZ has been leading a 10-week pilot to divert lids and caps from landfill while teaching students, their whanau and wider school community about the circular economy for plastics and metals. Twelve schools in the Hawkes Bay are participating in the pilot work.

The pilot is called Good Caps (www.goodcaps.org.nz) and the top schools that collect the most lids and caps will win a Nanogirl Live Show. In the first 5 weeks of the pilot, a whopping 1.2 tonnes of caps have been collected (335 kgs of plastic and 941 kgs of metal).

Caps 1   Caps 2

The aim of the pilot is to share with young people and their whanau:

(1) the importance of saving materials from landfill;

(2) the value of the materials (particularly when separated into different material categories); and

(3) what can be made from these materials.

Any proceeds from the sale of materials to NZ based reprocessors will go to the Lions Clubs charity partner, Kidney Kids.

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Find out more

If you’d like to find out more, go to www.goodcaps.org.nz or contact Sandy Botterill, Circular Economy Manager on 027 535 3298 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This working group is part of Plastics NZ’s ‘Advancing the Circular Economy for Plastics” programme which is aimed at helping Aotearoa NZ create a Low Emissions Circular Economy. This programme is co-funded by the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund.

 

EPS Protective Packaging and Product Stewardship

The NZ Ministry for the Environment (“MFE”) undertook public consultation in 2020 in relation to reducing the impact of plastic on our environment with the outcome being the mandatory phaseout of a number of problematic plastics and applications.

It was also identified that more work was needed in relation to the Expanded Polystyrene (“EPS”) used for cold chain and protective packaging. MFE indicated, at the time of making the phaseout announcements, that they planned to work with sector experts to identify possible solutions and areas where alternatives could be used.

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Report submitted to MFE

Plastics NZ led a Working Group in relation to EPS Protective Packaging.

A report was submitted to MFE in June 2022 which provides a detailed overview of the use of protective packaging across different product categories and recommendations around specific product categories where B2C EPS protective packaging is able to be phased out, as well as categories where EPS is not yet able to be phased out.

Refer to: https://www.plastics.org.nz/environment/recycling-disposal/eps-recycling

Product stewardship for EPS

We are awaiting an announcement from MFE on next steps in relation to EPS protective packaging phase out. The announcement is likely to be before the end of 2022.

In the meantime, Plastics NZ has initiated the creation of a governance group for EPS Product Stewardship (September 2022) to co-design and recommend a framework for a national product stewardship programme for EPS. This group will sit within the overarching framework of regulated plastic packaging product stewardship (see https://environment.govt.nz/what-government-is-doing/areas-of-work/waste/product-stewardship/regulated-product-stewardship/).

 

The EPS Product Stewardship Group is focused on all clean EPS packaging in the system in Aotearoa NZ:

  • B2C consumer packaging (e.g. whiteware, electronics, home appliances, furniture, homewares, etc)
  • B2B packaging used for large scale commercial applications (e.g. commercial air conditioning systems, secondary and tertiary packaging)
  • EPS used in cold chain (e.g. medical, pharmaceutical, transportation and delivery of food)

Find out more

If you’d like to find out more, contact Sandy Botterill, Circular Economy Manager on 027 535 3298 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

This working group is part of Plastics NZ’s ‘Advancing the Circular Economy for Plastics” programme which is aimed at helping Aotearoa NZ create a Low Emissions Circular Economy. This programme is co-funded by the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund.

 

Design Advisory Service

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Have you heard of the circular economy, but you’re not too sure how it might relate to your business? Do you use plastic in your products, packaging or supply chain?

Are you looking to …

  • Minimize the amount of plastic in your products, packaging or supply chain
  • Ensure the plastic you use is effectively recovered and recycled
  • Create a reusable plastic product or packaging
  • Design your products so that they’re easy to repair (or at least recycle)

How It Works

(1) Get in touch with Plastics NZ if you want to get more circular in the plastics you use.

(2) Complete a short Application Form.

(3) We’ll connect you with a couple of experts who can help.

(4) We sign a Funding Agreement which details the specifics of the project.

(5) Get started on your project!

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Find out more

If you or one of your customers is interested in learning more about CircularConnect, go to www.plastics.org.nz/environment/circularconnect or contact Plastics New Zealand, on 09 255 5662 ext 1 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

CircularConnect forms part of the programme of work co-funded by the Ministry for the Environment’s Waste Minimisation Fund to advance the new plastics economy in Aotearoa New Zealand.