July 1 marks a milestone in the war against New Zealand's 'plastic monster'.
From Monday, it will be illegal for retailers to hand out lightweight plastic carry bags, including thicker department store bags as well as the biodegradable and compostable options.
These include supermarket carry bags and bags for takeaway food and other retail checkouts.
Hauraki Breakfast radio host Matt Heath joined The Panel on The Weekend Collective to discuss the ban, along with the other big issues making news this week.
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