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Greens announce plan to turn trash into cash

Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, August 27th, 2017 - 22 comments
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Press release from greens.org.nz

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Greens announce plan to turn trash into cash

James Shaw MP on Sunday, August 27, 2017 – 10:03

The Green Party today announced a progressive plan to protect our oceans and the places we love with a ban on plastic bags, refunds on drink containers, a phase-out of plastic packaging, and a commitment to sending zero waste to landfill by 2050.

The Green Party’s plan will:

  • Enable “cash for containers” drinking container refund programmes nationwide.
  • Put in place an immediate 20 cent charge on single use plastic bags, with 15 cents going to community groups for environmental clean-ups and 5 cents for research and development into alternatives.
  • Phase out single-use plastic bags by the end of our first term in Government.
  • Reduce plastic packaging and products through mandatory product stewardship schemes.
  • Commit to a zero waste New Zealand by 2050 goal.

“We love our beaches and our oceans, our plan will protect the places we love from pollution and generate community jobs,” said Green Party leader James Shaw.

“Plastic pollution is a major problem along our coastlines and the time has come for bold action to clean the coastlines up and keep them clean.

“We will ban single use plastic bags by 2020. In the meantime, a 20 cent levy will fund investment in community-led environmental clean-ups and research and development into plastic alternatives.

“A refund programme for recycling drinking containers has been estimated by Envision to double recycling rates, create 2,400 jobs, generate revenue for community groups, and save councils $26-40 million each year.

“Cash for trash refund programmes work with kerbside recycling to give people options and help keep recyclable waste out of landfills.

“90 percent of local councils endorsed the idea because they’ve seen that it’s worked in Australia where South Australia, a state with a container deposit scheme, has the lowest rate of litter.

“It’s time to embrace sustainable alternatives such as bamboo and move away from the overuse of plastics in packaging and utensils.

“Declaring plastic cups, plates, utensils and packaging priority products under the product stewardship scheme will allow the cost of disposal to be built in, enable targets to be made for reduction and price-in the cost of disposal – opening a new market for sustainable alternatives.

“Re-committing to a zero waste New Zealand, along with our Trash to Cash plan shows, that we are the only party committed to real leadership on the environment,” said Mr Shaw.
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22 comments on “Greens announce plan to turn trash into cash ”

  1. Bearded Git 1

    Brilliant. The Greens ahead of the pack as always.

    The Nats have been completely useless re plastic bag levies. (It must be a company owned by of one of their mates that make them)

    Wait for pale green Labour to copy these real Green policies next week.

  2. Roy 2

    Solid policy. No excuse now for Hooton and the Blowhards to criticise them now. Even English praised them for having green policy.

  3. Bill 3

    The phase out of plastic packaging is going to be…interesting.

    Turn a mind to all the supposed “security”features built into various product packaging these days where the “security” is plastic based. (The shrink wrap, the plastic seals, the ‘impossible to bloody well open’ wrapping on gizmos, gadgets and consumables that supposedly ‘authenticates’ and ‘protects’ the contents of the package…).

    Think of all the thousands upon thousands of pallets that are shrink wrapped at warehouse locations in gawd knows how many kms of plastic each and every day in to afford them a degree of stability for transport.

    What about the potential for sliced bread in the supermarket to become just a memory? (No bad thing).

    And the millions of daft wee plastic bags at the loose produce isle and the vegetable isle ….all gone? (I’m all for it).

    I’d expect at least some industry to be “on board” to some greater or lesser extent – right up to the point where they have to invest dollars in re-configuring production and packaging techniques as well as methods of distribution.

    • One Anonymous Bloke 3.1

      Cellulose-based packaging.

    • Macro 3.2

      You know it is possible, even today ,to buy most of your goods without plastic. I carry my own shopping bag and my own reused paper bags to put those vegetables in. Our local Bin Inn sells organic potatoes in paper bags since our home grown ones have run out. I don’t buy food in plastic containers but choose the food that is in glass containers instead. I buy our meat in usable cartons which I supply to the local butcher. As for bread – we are fortunate to have the most amazing local baker in the country and the sour dough light Rye he produces every day is placed in a paper bag, as we have a chat. Rubbish – what little we end up with – is placed in paper bags.
      I echo what you say about the impossible to bloody open plastic around gizmos! why the F**k do we need that! On buying stuff like that my wife demands the shop remove it and dispose of the stuff themselves! If we all did this they might begin to tell the suppliers about thinking differently as to how they presented their wares.

  4. Stuart Munro 4

    Great move by the Greens phasing out the supermarket bag – the plastic bag tax should never be more than transitional – it’s supposed to change the way things are done.

    Left to itself industry seems to turn incrementally browner, there needs to be a conscious effort to do things more sustainably.

  5. Good policy – I’d start with some banning initially to set the tone and offer no illusions. I’d also price out via whatever mechanism the excessive packaging used for so many things including veges. Yep we may not have available every goddam fruit and vege from everywhere – im okay with that.

  6. eco Maori/kiwi 6

    Yes we will go back to paper bags and all natural products to replace Plastic.
    This policy will help grow our forest create closed loop system for paper and provide more employment for New Zealanders. And help clean up our environment. The Policy will help limited the influence the OIL BARONS have on our economy

    • CoroDale 6.1

      Oh shit, I actually agree with the Bot. Sorry Greens, but this is such small shit. Really turns my stomach at local political gatherings to hear people talk about plastic bags while Quantitative Easing prints money to bail out the insolvent private banks who are buying our houses on 1% interest rates, while we sleep in cars. (Anyone who has ever lived in a car should know how good plastic bags are.)

      But if it wins votes in Hobbiton, go for it!

      Hey, in Amsterdam the metro runs from the electricity produced by burning mixed plastic.

      And here in Germany we (well, I do, perhaps they don’t) busy our minds with all the refuges walking the streets.

      Anyway, there are probably facts about dolphin deaths or something that I don’t know.

      Oh, I love plastic bags, and reuse them till they are too dirty. From a young age my Mum had taught me to wash them and hang them out on the washing line…

      Sorry guys, I’ll vote Green all the same.

  7. xanthe 7

    unbelievable ! the greens are going green! The only plausible explanation is the deposing of met and her close crew.

    I will watch this space carefully and would love to vote for them in 2020.

    • alwyn 7.1

      “unbelievable ! the greens are going green”

      It is a rather unlikely situation. Unfortunately the Metiria mob managed to take the most useful of their MPs over the side with her.
      I think that the dumping of the principled Kennedy Graham will turn out to be the final nail in it’s coffin for this lot.
      Perhaps we can get a genuine environmental party next time around, who can co-operate with either of the major parties, rather than a hard left bunch of anarchists.

      If you are a Labour supporter you will greatly prefer the collapse and removal of the Green Party from Parliament. Winston Peters can easily work with either National or Labour. He would never have played third fiddle to the Greens.
      Their vanishing from the scene greatly increases the chances of a Labour led Government I think.

      Just give Winston, and a couple of his mates, the baubles of office and promise him a knighthood at the same level as John Key and he will be putty in Godfather Grant Robertson’s hands.

      • Carolyn_nth 7.1.1

        Green politics does not translate to environment-only politics, much as some on the right would like it to be. And keeping beating that drum, doesn’t make it so.

        Marama Davidson, second on the GP list, is very much commited to combating poverty and other social justice is – as part of a politics that incorporates environmental issues.

        Wikipedia on Green Politics:

        Green politics (also known as ecopolitics[1]) is a political ideology that aims to create an ecologically sustainable society rooted in environmentalism, nonviolence, social justice, and grassroots democracy.[2]

        • CoroDale 7.1.1.1

          Lets all keep cool, I think Lwyn is simply hyper-sensitive to the fluoride in her town supply.

          (Other than her, it’s only Greens, Bots and Trolls reading this tread right?)

          This whole left/right conflict also does my stomach in. When they ask at a meeting. Are we left or are we center (“er” their grammar, not mine)?

          Well, I’ve read the economic policy forwards and backwards. (Obviously voters don’t understands, and it’s okay to say in front of the bots, they probably wrote half the policy anyway) But we really do fall slightly to the right. Oh, labour also, I assume I’m not deluded.

          Weren’t the remaining True Lefties exterminated back in the 70’s? Surely the leftovers where knocked off by the end of the 90’s. Isn’t it only the neo-Bolsheviks who are permitted to continue this modern neo-left movement?

          With the orthodox neo-liberal schooling complete across the whole population, they now enjoy letting the Greens float around 15% just to make things look kinda democratic.

          (sorry, that honesty was just half a bottle of wine)

          • alwyn 7.1.1.1.1

            Only HALF a bottle of wine?
            I suspect it was probably a Nebuchadnezzar.
            “in her town”.
            And “she” is a “he” by the way.

      • AB 7.1.2

        I’m sure we’re all noticing how the hatred of the Greens goes incandescent and stratospheric whenever there’s a possibility of them getting near power. Perhaps they are the most credible threat to the status quo – hence the reaction? I’m considering switching to them – thanks for the unintended guidance.

        • Incognito 7.1.2.1

          Perhaps they are the most credible threat to the status quo – hence the reaction?

          They are the only credible threat to the status quo – hence the reaction!

      • RWNJ trying to give advice to the Left on how to crash and burn – again.

      • CoroDale 7.1.4

        Hey, that Knighthood was the Queen’s way of saying, “We liberally let you destroy a country, now be good, or we destroy you.”

  8. Siobhan 8

    I hate to side track the conversation about a brilliant set of green Party policies, but I’m curious about the 13 year old tesco bag for life claim from Mana Green.
    As far as I can see the ‘Bag for Life’ is a new thing, being rolled out now after a limited 10 week trial. It would be interesting to know about the bags from 13 years ago that are still going strong.

    https://www.tescoplc.com/news/news-releases/2017/tesco-replaces-single-use-carrier-bags-with-bag-for-life/

  9. mosa 9

    FANGREENTASTIC !!!!

  10. Sparky 10

    Good stuff. Plastic has become a real menace and whilst it bio degrades some of it also emits nasty chemicals that poison the ocean.

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