Articles of Association to stop single
It\'s hard to use plastic bags in Christchurch
But city councils can stop using them in their own facilities and activities.
The Council on Innovation and Sustainable Development of the city council will look at how to reduce the single
Use plastic bags in town.
On July, Megan Blanche filed a petition with city councillors with more than 1300 signatures calling on city councils, developers and business owners to start banning plastic shopping bags from central cities.
She gave her cotton bag
to the city councillor as an alternative.
Now, the City Council staff have prepared a report that the committee will discuss on Wednesday to expand its non-
Regulatory initiatives related to a single business
Use plastic bags.
It says that while it is difficult for the city council to ban them, it can play a leading role by reducing where they are used in libraries and its own activities.
The report said the city council could expand community education on alternatives such as cotton bales and could advocate national change to the central government.
The committee, chaired by Cr Vicki Buck, will decide on Wednesday whether to recommend these options to city councillors in order to make a final decision.
Environment Minister Nick Smith has the right to ban singles
The report says plastic bags from sale or disposal to landfill are used.
It says the city council does have the right to develop a charter to control waste.
But the plastic bags that retailers provide to customers do not meet the definition of waste because retailers do not process it.
The report states that it becomes wasteful only when the customer takes care of it, which makes it difficult to formulate the charter.
The petition now has more than 1700 signatures.
It is reported that about 1 billion plastic bags are landfill in New Zealand every year.