New Zealand — single-use plastic ban explained

Plastics play an important role in our economy and daily lives. When used in packaging, plastic helps ensure food safety and reduce food waste. But often, the way plastics are produced, used and discarded can result in wasted resources, causing pollution and litter.

Bonson supports the single-use plastic ban as an effort to reduce the use of problematic single-use plastic products.

As a food packaging supplier, we are proud to be leading the way with our customers in making the change, taking a positive step towards a circular economy by avoiding waste and adopting reusable or recyclable options in plastic packaging.

Below is key information you need to prepare for the ban

Feel free to download and share our compiled factsheet with your staff or customers to help them make sustainable decisions. You can also find more information about the ban by visiting the Ministry for the Environment website.

Image source: (2021) Phasing out problematic plastics in Aotearoa [Infographic]. Ministry for the Environment.


Buying from Bonson

Minimising our impact on the environment is a key motivator in our decision making.

We are currently phasing out all hard to recycle plastic items ahead of the plastic ban, bringing you new innovations that are kinder to the environment.

Our Bonson Solutions division features packaging solutions that are made with valuable plastics widely accepted for kerbside recycling collection in New Zealand – including PET (plastic numbered 1) and PP (plastic numbered 5) takeaway and reusable packaging. Browse our Bonson Enviro ranges for packaging alternatives that are made with rapidly renewable natural materials like sugarcane and paper.

Banned items from late-2022

 Banned Items Bonson Affected Bonson Alternatives
PVC meat trays N/A Full Range
We do not use PVC in any of our products
PS Takeaway Packaging PS Cutlery
PS Portion Cups
Sugarcane Cutlery

PP, PET, Sugarcane Portion Cups

PP, RPET, Kraft, Sugarcane Containers

EPS Food Packaging EPS Clamshells RPET, Kraft, Sugarcane Clamshells
EPS Drink Packaging N/A Sugarcane Cups

Recycled PET Cups

PLA Cups

Oxo & Photo
Degradable Plastics
N/A Full Range
We do not use oxo & photo degradable plastics in any of our products
Plastic Drink Stirrers N/A
Plastic Stemmed Cotton-buds Non-food-packaging item

Banned items from mid-2023

Banned Items Bonson Affected Bonson Alternatives
Plastic Produce Bags N/A Paper Bags
Plastic Tableware
PP Snack Bowls
PP Snack Plates
BS-7P / BS-9P / BS-9PB
PP, RPET, PLA, Kraft, Sugarcane Bowls

Paper, Sugarcane Plates & Trays

Plastic Straws N/A Recycled PET Strawless Cup Lid
Compostable Produce Labels
Non-food-packaging item

Banned items from mid-2025

Banned Items Bonson Affected Bonson Alternatives
All PVC Food & Beverage Packaging N/A Full Range
All our recyclable plastic and Enviro range are suitable alternatives
All PS Food & Beverage Packaging N/A