The nationwide ban on plastic bags will come into effect on January 31st.
Climate Change, Environment and Conservation Minister Wera Mori clarified this, saying the 3-months grace period starting in November ends at the end of this month.
He said manufacturers can now look at re-usable plastic bags that are eco-friendly.
Mori said CEPA is reviewing and undertaking regulations on the ban of single-use plastic bags that have polluted the environment for so long.
He said the ban will affect three manufacturers and 30 importers.
Plastic Manufacturers who've received 25 years permit will have to look at other alternatives to produce degradable plastic bags.
The Minister further said, the Plastic Policy and Regulation are being worked on and will be presented to parliament within the next 3 months.
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