The government is currently consulting on reducing the impact of plastic on our environment. This consultation specifically includes single-use and hard-to-recycle plastic items.
This article on the Ministry for the Environment website explains more. Consultation is open until 4 December 2020 - have your say, join the korero!
Please consider advocating to brands which use plastics #3, 4, 6 and 7 (no longer accepted at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre) and request biodegradable/compostable alternatives be found.
There are lots of online resources available with ideas to make simple swaps to replace single-use plastic items.
Straws, cutlery, containers, drink cups, toothbrushes ... This Homes to Love article has 11 suggestions on offer.
It goes without saying that if you have plastic items which can be washed and reused, just do it!
It's better for the environment not to buy plastic items which then need recycling.
Clean plastic items with #1, 2 and 5 can be recycled at the Whanganui Resource Recovery Centre. (There is currently no market for #3, 4, 6 and 7 and there is no further available space to stock-pile these items whilst researching new options.)
Please keep from landfill wherever possible.