The Government is seeking feedback on a proposed mandatory phase out of the sale or distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags. For more information about the Government’s proposals read our [url=https://www.mfe.govt.nz/node/24338]consultation document[/url] or visit our [url=https://www.mfe.govt.nz/consultation/plasticshoppingbags ]waste free future web page[/url]. [b]Submissions close at 5.00 pm on Friday 14 September 2018. [/b] Please fill in the form below, then click Continue to review your submission. At any time you may click Save and Exit so that you can return later.

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Questions
1. Do you agree with the proposed mandatory phase out of the sale or distribution of single-use plastic shopping bags in New Zealand, including those made of degradable (eg, oxo-degradable, biodegradable and compostable) plastic? Why / why not?
2. We have proposed a mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags. This could include under 50 microns or under 70 microns in thickness. If you agree with a mandatory phase out, which option do you prefer, and why?
3. Are you aware of types of single-use plastic shopping bags that should be exempt from a mandatory phase out?
4. Do you currently manufacture, sell, provide or import for sale or personal use these types of single-use plastic shopping bags:
5. Should smaller retailers be exempted from a mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags? Why / why not?
6. If smaller retailers are exempted from a mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags and they are defined by their number of full-time equivalent employees, what should that number be?
7. The proposed mandatory phase-out period for single-use plastic shopping bags is at least six months from when regulations are Gazetted , subject to consultation. Do you agree with this timing?
8. Do you agree that the benefits expected from implementing a mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags exceed the costs expected from implementing the phase out? Why / why not? Please consider both monetary and non-monetary costs and benefits (those that can be measured by money as well as those that can't).
9. Do you think that reasonably practicable alternatives to single-use plastic shopping bags exist in New Zealand? Why / why not?
10. How can people be encouraged to reuse multiple-use shopping bags enough times to offset the environmental impacts of producing them? (select one or more)
11. What would help you and your family adjust to life without single-use plastic shopping bags?
12. How can data on single-use plastic shopping bags and other single-use plastics entering the market and monitoring of reductions be improved?
13. Please provide any additional comments or suggestions about the proposed mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags.