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A large majority (86%) of New Zealanders are concerned by the amount of packaging waste they have to deal with, according to a new poll* “Packaging Waste in NZ” released on 5th November.

Wanaka Wastebusters Campaigner Angus Ho said the results clearly show that people are sick of over-packaging and want minimal packaging that they can reuse and recycle.

Nearly all the people surveyed (94%) said they want to choose packaging they can reuse or recycle.

“This poll shows New Zealanders really care about the impact that packaging waste has on the environment. The vast majority (81%) always make the effort to recycle packaging when they get home.

Mr Ho said unfortunately a lot of packaging waste can’t be reused or recycled, so there is no alternative but to send it to the dump. He said that, as the Government is not implementing mandatory product stewardship schemes, the burden of packaging waste is left with the end consumer.

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