Greenpeace is looking for a ban on plastic drink bottles, in response to harmful ranges of microplastics being discovered round Bay of A lot moana.
Waikato College Grasp of Science scholar Anita Lewis discovered the particles in each sediment pattern she took throughout the area.
Greenpeace Aotearoa stated significantly excessive ranges had been discovered inside shellfish, together with tuatua, cockles and wedge shells.
The environmental group stated the federal government’s plan to part out what it calls “troublesome to recycle single-use plastic objects” doesn’t go far sufficient.
Greenpeace plastics campaigner Juressa Lee stated single-use plastic drink bottles from the likes of Coca-Cola and Pepsi, that are recyclable, also needs to be banned.
“Plastic bottles are probably the most generally discovered objects on our seashores.
“Plastic on our seashores results in our oceans, it breaks down into microplastics.”
The three-stage plan to part out hard-to-recycle plastic packaging will happen over the subsequent 4 years, however teams had been vital of how far it went when it was introduced final month.
From late 2022 PVC meat trays, polystyrene takeaway packaging and degradable plastic merchandise that hurt the surroundings is not going to be allowed.
By mid-2025 all different PVC and polystyrene foods and drinks packaging can be outlawed.
The ban additionally consists of single-use plastic objects akin to drink stirrers, cotton buds, single-use produce baggage, cutlery, plates and bowls, straws and fruit labels.
Lee stated the federal government ought to have a look at increasing its plans to incorporate plastic bottles.
“There was no reference to any of that in the newest announcement, and we expect that banning the plastic bottle can be an enormous discount within the quantity of air pollution.”