The Global Plastic Pollution Crisis

how should New Zealand respond?

  • Trisia Farrelly
  • Laura Green


The management of plastic waste is a global problem which currently lacks a global solution. As one of the highest per capita producers of household waste in the developed world, New Zealand has a key role to play in addressing the plastics crisis at multiple levels of governance. This article analyses the various policy options available to the New Zealand government and offers a series of recommendations, including prioritising policy and investment at the top of the waste hierarchy (refuse, rethink, redesign, reduce and reuse); linking plastic waste to toxicological risk and commitments to carbon reduction targets; implementing global commitments domestically; and supporting a proposed international legally binding agreement that captures the full lifecycle of plastics and regulates the transboundary flows of plastic pollution.


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FARRELLY, Trisia; GREEN, Laura. The Global Plastic Pollution Crisis. Policy Quarterly, [S.l.], v. 16, n. 2, may 2020. ISSN 2324-1101. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 29 nov. 2020. doi: