Plas­tic far from fan­tas­tic

Auckland City Harbour News - - SITUATIONS VACANT - TOM CARNEGIE

May­oral can­di­date Phil Goff says if he be­comes mayor he wants to make Auck­land shop­pers pay for us­ing su­per­mar­ket plas­tic bags.

He said last year the United King­dom in­tro­duced an equiv­a­lent 10 cent charge on all plas­tic bags used in supermarkets, with ex­cep­tions for some goods such as meat, fish and veg­eta­bles.

‘‘The re­sult was an 85 per­cent re­duc­tion in plas­tic bag use. This is repli­cated in cities around the world which have taken this ac­tion. We need to do the same,’’ he said.

‘‘Auck­lan­ders use hun­dreds of mil­lions of plas­tic bags each year. They are used on av­er­age for 12 min­utes be­fore they en­ter the waste stream as non-biodegrad­able rub­bish.’’

Al­though charg­ing for plas­tic bags can­not be in­tro­duced through by­laws, Goff said as mayor he will work with MPs to pro­mote change through a Lo­cal Bill in Par­lia­ment.

‘‘Wai­heke Is­land with its new Count­down su­per­mar­ket is al­ready lead­ing the way with re­quir­ing re­us­able or com­postable bags.’’

Pam Waugh, head of the Sal­va­tion Army

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