Z puts ban on plas­tic

Matamata Chronicle - - Your Local News -

All Z ser­vice sta­tions will be free of sin­gle use cus­tomer plas­tic bags by June 2018, as the com­pany re­sponds to a groundswell of sup­port from Ki­wis for elim­i­nat­ing New Zealand’s de­pen­dency on plas­tic bags.

Ac­cord­ing to a re­cent re­port by the Ellen MacArthur Foun­da­tion, there will be more plas­tic than fish in the sea by 2050 – the amount of plas­tic will lit­er­ally out­weigh fish.

Z’s Sus­tain­abil­ity Man­ager, Gerri Ward, said that go­ing plas­tic-bag free was the right thing to do.

‘‘We may be a fuel com­pany, but we’re de­ter­mined to be at the heart of the sus­tain­abil­ity so­lu­tion, and do­ing some­thing sim­ple like no longer hav­ing plas­tic bags avail­able seems like an­other small but mean­ing­ful step to­wards a bet­ter fu­ture.

‘‘We will take the two and a half mil­lion plas­tic bags we give out each year com­pletely out of cir­cu­la­tion.

The com­pany is also in the process of rolling out new mod­u­lar fore­court re­cy­cling bins.

‘‘The bins sep­a­rate out cus­tomers’ dif­fer­ent re­cy­cling ma­te­ri­als, and will bet­ter sup­port cus­tomers to re­cy­cle,’’ says Gerri.

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