A bulldozer compacts the mountain of rubbish at the Cook Islands' landfill. Photo: Al Williams/19090428
The much anticipated Solid and Hazardous Waste Bill is yet to be finalised.
Bill was to merge existing legislation under the Environment Act and Public
Health Act and include schedule of banned plastic items including plastic
straws, polystyrene containers, single serve butter and spreads as well as
products containing microbeads.
for Infrastructure, Elizabeth Wright-Koteka said the Bill is currently with the
Crown Law Office who is working with New Zealand Parliamentary Counsel Office
to have it finalised for Cabinet’s approval.
Bill has been many years in preparation, including consultation with all
Wright-Koteka said delays in its passage to Parliament, has been primarily due
to capacity constraints in the agencies involved in its preparation and
the Bill has been finalised and approved by Cabinet, we hope to implement a
comprehensive awareness programme on the contents of the Bill itself and its
implications,” she added.
been earlier reported that since 2012, the Cook Islands has had a “Single Use Plastics”
regulation in place to guide their fight against plastic pollution, coupled
with promotion of the “Reuse, Reduce and Recycle” values.
Solid and Hazardous Waste Bill will also introduce an advanced disposable