Saying goodbye to plastic bags

We're getting rid of single use plastic bags at Z service stations

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Z Energy is part of the growing movement of NZ companies walking the talk when it comes to minimising waste plastics. From June 1st 2018, Z service stations will no longer give out single use plastic bags.
 
Each year we hand out about 2.5 million plastic bags. Some of these plastic bags will end up in our oceans and kill marine life. It's estimated that on average a person uses a plastic bag for 12 minutes before discarding it, yet that same bag could take up to 1000 years to break down.
 
Z Energy wants to part of the solution not the at the heart of the problem so we’re leading the way. We know that giving up the free bag at check out won’t be easy, but that small change could make a global impact and keep NZ a great place to live. 
 
Most of our customers buy less than 3 items when they visit a Z service station, so they don't want or need a bag. With the large range of plastic bag alternatives bringing your own bag has never been easier. Keep one in the boot or in the glove compartment so it’s always in easy to reach.
 
Phasing out plastic bags is part of a wider programme to tackle waste at Z service stations. We have just finished rolling out modular forecourt recycling bins at 115 Z sites. These bins allow customers to recycle plastic bottles, cans, glass and responsibly dispose of compostable materials.
 
The plastic bag initiative, along with our other activities are about taking small steps which add up to giant strides. We have a long way to go, but we’re gaining momentum and don’t intend to stop anytime soon.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why does it matter?

    • How many plastic bags do Z customers use in a year?

      Prior to the plastic bag phase out Z sites gave out about 2.5 million bags each year.

    • How long does it take a plastic bag to degrade or break down?

      Plastic bags can take up to 1000 years to break down.

    • But don’t you still have plastic bags at your service stations?

      By the start of June 2018 we will no longer be offering single use plastic bags to our customers. We are cutting down on plastics waste and we want you too by using reusable bags.

    • Why won’t you give me a bag at a Z station after June 2018?

      Single use plastic are big source of ocean pollution and have been linked to the death of sea birds, turtles and other marine life. We think this move will make a big difference in helping Kiwis to stop using single use plastic bags.

    • If I put my plastic bag in the bin how come it ends up in the ocean?

      Single use plastic bags are light and easily blown away by the wind in the transport of waste or during landfilling. These bags eventually end up in local rivers or in the ocean.

  • What alternative bags are available?

    • Why can’t you give me a bio-degradable bag instead of the normal plastic bag?

      Biodegradable bags have little effect on our environment when they’re disposed of properly, but if they end up in rivers or the ocean they can break down into micro-particles that are eaten by marine life. They also take a long time to degrade. Minimising our use of plastic bags is the best solution.

    • If you want to cut waste why do you still use plastic bags when you give away free coffee grinds?

      In the future we want to be able to package our free coffee grinds in compostable bags. For the moment we haven’t found a good option for bags that can be composted at home after the coffee grinds are used. In the meantime we'll be reusing the bags coffee beans are delivered in for coffee grinds.

    • There's still plastic in some of the alternative bags what difference does it make?

      We’re responding to a large amount of support from Kiwis to reduce NZ’s dependency on single use plastic bags that damage our environment. Even by using reusable bags with some plastic content we can help reduce the 100 million plastics bags used in NZ every year.

    • Which type of reusable bag should I use?

      There are a wide range of reusable bags available. Each type has strengths and weaknesses depending on how you want to use it regularly. Find out more about Jute, Cotton and Paper bags. 

    • Can I buy a reusable bag from a Z Station?

      Our preference is for people to use reusable bags for as many purchases as possible. In limited locations customers will be able buy reusable jute bags at stations where there is enough demand.

    • Where can I buy one of these alternative bags?

      Alternative bags like Jute or Cotton are often available at supermarkets throughout NZ or online. Sometimes bags are offered for free. 

  • How can I cut plastics waste when visiting Z sites?

    • What if I forget to bring my reusable bag to a Z station?

      We want to use less and inspire others to waste less. If you forget your reusable bag we will do our best to help.

    • What if I need help carrying my purchases to my car?

      Our customer feedback shows that most customers don’t need or want a bag. Most people only buy a couple of items. If you buy more than a couple items regularly, keep a reusable bag in the car. If you are really stuck we'll do our best to help getting purchases to your car.

    • What if I buy lots of heavy items?

      On average, most of our customers only buy two items that they carry to their car. Stashing a reusable bag in the boot will ensure you always have one to hand.  If you are really stuck we'll do our best to help getting purchases to your car.

    • What if I buy bait or other wet items?

      Single use plastic bags used to carry bait can easily be blown in the ocean by mistake. If you buy bait often then you are best to keep a dedicated reusable bag in the car for this purpose. Just wash it after each use. Several types of reusable bag will have a suitable water proof layer. Chilly bins used for a catch can also be used for temporarily storing bait.