Petition for New Zealand to ban plastic waste exports to developing countries; slated as ‘waste colonialism’Posted on June 9, 2023 by DrRossH in General
NZ exported over 300 million kg of plastic waste since 2014, mostly to developing nations.
New Zealand remains one of the most wasteful countries in the developed world – and it’s been estimated the average Kiwi household churns through nearly 1000 plastic containers and bottles every year.
Ministry for the Environment director of waste and resource efficiency Glenn Wigley said New Zealand did not currently have facilities to recycle most plastics here.
If New Zealand stopped exporting plastic waste it would simply go to landfill, he said.
“We’ve gone through decades of underinvestment. It’s been estimated at a $2 billion shortfall.
“So we currently don’t have the right infrastructure within New Zealand to be able to deal with plastic wastes entirely.”
This is a bad state for New Zealand to be in. No one can keep hiding the problem. It is longer than 3 year election terms, but it has to be dealt with in a sounds engineered way.