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Wellington mayor to hand out reusable bags

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/06/2017

Wellington mayor Justin Lester. © Mark Tantrum/Getty Images Wellington mayor Justin Lester. Supermarket shoppers in the capital will have the chance to snare some reusable bags from their mayor as part of a nationwide campaign to reduce the amount of food wastage and plastic bags ending up in landfills.

"Love Food Hate Waste" is an initiative launched in Britain in 2007 and in this country last year.

About 60 councils across the country have joined up and it is run through WasteMINZ.

On Tuesday from 4pm, at Countdown supermarket in Newtown in Wellington, the city's mayor Justin Lester will hand out reusable bags to shoppers that have key shopping tips on them, and are better for the environment than plastic bags.

Last week, the mayors from Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin publicly asked all New Zealand mayors to sign a letter formally asking the government for a levy on plastic bags, or the ability for local councils to make their own rules.

New Zealanders use 1.6 billion plastic bags a year. In Wellington, soft plastics have been blowing out of the landfill site and polluting the surrounding native bush and waterways.

In the United Kingdom, a 5 pence levy resulted in an 85 per cent reduction in plastic bag use.

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