The much anticipated reply to Camille's letter.
On behalf of the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Bill English, thank you for writing about your European holiday, when you saw lots of plastic in the sea, and New Zealand’s
Plastic litter around New Zealand, especially plastic bags which pollute our ocean environment and threaten marine life, are a big concern. That is why the Government launched a soft plastics recycling programme last year and you can learn more about this on:
New Zealand has a law called the Waste Management Act 2008 (WMA) which aims to reduce harm to our environment from waste (rubbish). Under this law, local councils have to promote good waste management and minimise rubbish within areas under their control. The recycling of household and workplace rubbish throughout our country is important because every piece of rubbish that is recycled means less rubbish is likely to end up in the ocean and endanger marine life.
In our communities and schools, everyone can help to protect our land and marine environment by using recyclable bags instead of plastic bags where possible. Many large retailers like The Warehouse and Pak’n’Save charge customers for plastics bags which encourages the use of recyclable bags.
Thanks again, Camille, for your email and pictures to the Prime Minister.
J Young |Executive Assistant
Office of the Prime Minister
We're an ordinary family of 5 dreaming, planning and now beginning our adventure around the Mediterranean (and further afield), having an awesome time! Look out for our boat and come and say hi.