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Burn \'em as fuel - group\'s plan for plastic bags

by:Top-In     2020-07-29
If New Zealand wants to stop millions of plastic shopping bags from being wasted, it needs to become \"brave\" to burn plastic, a packaging agency said.
Paul Curtis, executive director of the packaging board, said there was no reason not to use plastic wrap and shopping bags as fuel.
His comments were made when supermarket chains food and retailer warehouses began planning to charge shoppers for plastic bags to reduce the number of tips to enter the garbage.
The packaging board claims to be \"the voice of the industry on policies that affect packaging and packaging waste\" and hopes to reduce the environmental impact of packaging by promoting alternatives.
Warehouses, food and other major supermarket companies, Progressive Enterprises are members.
Plastic shopping bags can be turned into products such as road guardrails and plastic reels.
The warehouse and some advanced supermarkets collect bags for recycling, but the local recycling agency does not accept it, and many people will eventually receive garbage tips.
New Zealand recycler Bruce gerdhill said that each household should have a separate roadside recycling box for cheese wrappers, meat packaging and other old plastic films that can be brought to coal
Burning plants all over the country.
Burning coal with the right plastic is cleaner and more efficient than burning coal alone.
Mr. Gledhill said that he had put forward his plan to the Ministry of Environment.
But Martin pincard, the department\'s sustainability operations manager, said it does not support burning plastics because it releases \"particularly annoying\" toxins unless it is burned in complex factories.
Green Party co-
Leader Russell Norman says it is difficult to burn plastic without releasing the cancer-related dangerous toxin dioxin.
\"The best answer is not to use all the plastic packaging in the first place,\" he said . \".
The plastics industry wants to re-negotiate the 2004 agreement in the packaging board, retailers and recycling industry to reduce packaging waste by using burning plastic as one of the fuel options.
The committee says Denmark generates energy by burning contaminated plastic packaging, such as silage packaging.
Dennise Chapman, spokeswoman for New Zealand plastics, said the industry supports burning plastics only if they cannot be recycled.
She said the company has successfully carried out preliminary tests on burning plastics that cannot be recycled in New Zealand.
Chapman says recycling plastic into new products is a more efficient option if possible. MS.
Raw material supplier Rick Poynter says expensive new facilities are needed before New Zealand Burns plastic safely.
But burning waste plastic with coal is better than sending it overseas today.
The first big retailer to stop buying plastic bags in stores said customers were usually happy with the change.
However, other retailers interviewed by the Herald did not plan to charge plastic shopping bags and did not plan to ban them as part of a campaign to reduce waste.
The warehouse store started charging 10c for plastic bags yesterday.
New World, Foursquare and pak \'n Save stores will start charging 5c on August.
A spokesman for the Bunnings Warehouse, which stopped using plastic bags in last January, said that most customers were satisfied with alternatives to recyclable woven bags or recyclable boxes.
\"There are always people who don\'t like to change,\" said marketing manager Stanley Hebden . \".
\"But we don\'t think it\'s necessary to re-introduce them.
Bookstore chain whitcoolls and convenience store chain Star Mart said they had no plans to ban plastic bags and no plans to charge for them.
Rod McDermott, general manager of farmers, said the department store chain offered to pack goods in biodegradable plastic bags or paper bags.
\"Farmers will not charge customers for shopping bags,\" he said . \".
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