Suddenly, New Zealand's ban on plastic bags has been in effect for a month.So how effective has the ban been in the past month?
It is estimated that new zealanders use 750 million single-use plastic bags each year.New Zealand has imposed a ban on plastic shopping bags from July 1.
The ban has been in effect for a month, and environmental authorities have received 178 reports of violations.
According to the vice-minister of environment, some owners have been reported several times out of 178 reports of irregularities, with a total of about 60 businesses in violation.Statistics New Zealand also released new data this week showing that new zealanders changed their spending behavior even before the ban was in place.
The general social survey found that between April 2018 and March 2019, 70% of households had at least one person who regularly used reusable shopping bags.By October 2018, that figure had risen to 92 percent;By early 2019, that number had risen to 96 percent.
Happiness and housing managers said the survey could show new zealanders changing their behaviour as the government prepared for the ban.
Deputy environment minister, green party mp, said it was good to see people quickly adopting the habit of using reusable shopping bags earlier this year."Most new zealanders are very concerned about reducing waste and doing everything we can to keep our rivers, beaches and oceans free of plastic so that fish, turtles and other Marine life can thrive."
In the first week of the ban, the government received 56 reports of violations.The environment department contacted the reported companies to monitor their behavior.
Many businesses have posted signs reminding consumers to stop using single-use plastic bags and use greener alternatives.It is still in the early stages of the ban and the department will continue to monitor and assess its impact in the coming months.