Plastics NZ advocates for environmentally responsible manufacturing and encourages the 'reduce, reuse and recycle' philosophy for its Members, the plastics industry and individuals in the community, and the transition to a circular economy. New Zealand plastics companies work hard to follow this philosophy throughout the manufacturing process resulting in the amount of plastic waste produced through manufacturing at around 1% of the material used across the industry.

The majority of plastics going to landfill are consumer-based products which aren’t or cannot be recycled. With the trend of increased consumption of packaging, consumers are encouraged to think about where their plastic waste is going and ‘think globally, act locally’ as well as taking personal responsibility for the careful disposal of plastic waste. The Plastic Identification Code provides clear labelling so you know what you can and can’t recycle with your Local Council.

Data and facts regarding waste in Aotearoa New Zealand.

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