Tagged: plastic

Why municipal waste-to-energy incineration is not the answer to NZ’s plastic waste crisis - Guest Work

Guest Author Nov 14, 2019

Trisia Farrelly, Massey University New Zealand is ranked the third-most-wasteful country in the OECD. New Zealanders produce five times the global daily average of waste per person – and they are getting more wasteful, producing 35% more than a decade ago. These statistics are likely to get worse following China’s 2018 ban on imports of certain … Read More

How should we manage the harm caused by tobacco product waste? - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert Jun 14, 2019

Professor Janet Hoek and Emeritus Professor Philip Gendall Annual consumption of cigarettes now exceeds five trillion, with around four trillion butts littered every year. These cigarette butts cause major environmental damage and impose significant clean-up costs on local authorities. Although tobacco companies have framed smokers as responsible for butt litter, recent debate has focused on the tobacco industry’s role … Read More

Recycled rubbish - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Sep 15, 2018

That’s the title of my former colleague Ian Harrison’s response to the government’s consultative document on getting rid of (some types of) plastic bags.  The consultation itself closed yesterday, but nobody supposes the consultation itself was remotely serious –  the irrational ban is going to happen anyway.  Having dug fairly deeply into the material used to support/underpin the consultative … Read More

Plastic bags - The Dismal Science

Michael Reddell Aug 13, 2018

There is a reason why we do not let primary school children make policy or vote.  They are children, precious and growing but prone to all the enthusiasms of children, easily influenced, and not responsible (as taxpayers or anything else) for their expressed preferences.   And yet, as the Prime Minister was reported, it seemed that the fact that lots … Read More

Why compostable plastics may be no better for the environment - Guest Work

Guest Author Aug 03, 2018

Thomas Neitzert, Auckland University of Technology As companies move to get rid of single-use plastic bags and bans on microbeads are coming into force, new biodegradable or compostable plastic products seem to offer an alternative. But they may be no better for the environment. Recently, European scientists argued that existing international industry standards are insufficient and … Read More

Plastic poses biggest threat to seabirds in New Zealand waters, where more breed than elsewhere - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 19, 2018

Stephanie B. Borrelle, Auckland University of Technology Plastic pollution has the potential to cause the worst damage to seabirds in the seas around Aotearoa New Zealand, where many of them come to feed and breed. Aotearoa boasts the greatest diversity of seabirds in the world. Of the 360 global seabird species, 86 breed here and 37 are … Read More

Compostable packaging - Guest Work

Guest Author Jul 12, 2018

Lou Sherman People say there is too much plastic packaging in today’s global marketplace. But packaging protects the product through the supply chain and prevents product waste. Plastic is an attractive material to use for packaging as it is lightweight and has the right properties to enable products to survive long supply chains such as overseas exports. Many consumers do … Read More