The Government is seeking feedback on two proposals related to plastic design, use and disposal. The aim of the proposals are to reduce the impact on our resource recovery system and environment from hard-to-recycle plastic packaging and single-use items through significantly reducing the amount in use. We seek feedback on proposals to phase-out certain hard-to-recycle plastics and some single-use items under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008. 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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Understanding the problem of plastics
Policy objectives
2. Have we identified the correct objectives? If not, why?
Options for shifting away from hard-to-recycle and single-use plastics
Proposal 1: Phase out hard-to-reycle plastics
6. Do you agree with the proposed phase-out of PVC and polystyrene packaging as set out in two stages (by 2023 and by 2025)? If not, why?
7. Have we identified the right packaging items that would be covered by a phase-out of PVC and polystyrene packaging? If not, what would you include or leave out, and why?
8. Do you think we should include all PVC and hard polystyrene packaging in stage 2 of the phase-out (eg, not just food and beverage and EPS packaging)? Please explain your answer.
9. What would be the likely costs or benefits of phasing out all PVC and polystyrene packaging (hard polystyrene and EPS) by 2025?
10. Do you believe there are practical alternatives to replace hard-to-recycle packaging (PVC, polystyrene and EPS)? If not, why?
11. Do you agree with a mandatory phase-out of all oxo-degradable plastics by January 2023? If not, why?
12. If you manufacture, import or sell oxo-degradable plastics, which items would a phase-out affect? Are there practical alternatives for these items? Please provide details.
13. Have we identified the right costs and benefits of a mandatory phase-out of the targeted plastics? If not, why not? Please provide evidence to support your answer.
14. How likely is it that phasing out the targeted plastics will have greater costs or benefits than those discussed here? Please provide details to explain your answer.
15. What would help to make it easier for you and your family, or your business/organisation to move away from hard-to-recycle plastic packaging and use higher value materials or reusable/refillable alternatives?
Proposal 2: Take action on single-use plastic items
16. What do you think about the proposed mandatory phase-out of some single-use plastic items (see table 7)?
17. Do the proposed definitions in table 7 make sense? If not, what would you change?
18. What would be an appropriate phase-out period for single-use items? Please consider the impact of a shorter timeframe, versus a longer timeframe, and provide details where possible.
19. What options could we consider for reducing the use of single-use coffee cups (with any type of plastic lining) and wet wipes that contain plastic? You may wish to consider some of the options discussed in this consultation document or suggest other options.
20. If you are a business involved with the manufacture, supply, or use of single-use plastic coffee cups or wet wipes (that contain plastic), what would enable you to transition away from plastic based materials in the future?
21. What do you consider an appropriate timeframe for working toward a future phase out of plastic lined disposable coffee cups and wet wipes containing plastic?
22. Have we identified the right costs and benefits of a mandatory phase-out of single-use plastic items? If not, why? Please provide evidence to support your answer and clarify whether your answer applies to a particular item, or all items.
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