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Introduction of a Plastic Shopping Bag Reduction
by Department of Environment, Fiji (Government)
The objective of this voluntary commitment is to reduce the use of single use plastic bags and more effectively manage plastic waste in Fiji by introducing legislation that disincentives the use of plastic bags.

Consumption of single use check out bags was estimated in 2010 to be around 70 million per year in Fiji, with urban population use at around 150 per person per year. In 2004, a survey of three locations in urban Fiji found plastic bags at an average rate of one every seven meters over the 5.8km of roads surveyed.

The negative environmental impacts of plastic are well-documented. The Fijian Government intends to introduce regulations to reduce the use of single use plastic bags. Currently shoppers do pay extra to use plastic bags, but the price is built-in as an overhead and is not explicit in the cost of goods purchased. This represents a market failure, as the costs of plastic bags are not transparent to the consumer.
Progress reports
14.1
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
PLASTICS
  • Plastics product bans or restrictions
December 2025
By 2025, the Department of Environment will ensure that the draft national Single use Check out Bags Regulations is endorsed and implemented.
In-kind contribution
The Fijian Government will mobilise appropriate resources for the finalization and implementation of the Single-use Check out Bags Regulations.
Basic information
Time-frame: July 2017 - December 2025
Partners
Government: Ministry of Local Government Housing and Environment, Office of the Solicitor General, Ministry of Economy, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority of Fiji. Private Sector: Recycling Companies, tourism partners Staff Technical Expertise: Ministry of Local Government Housing and Environment, Office of the Solicitor General, Ministry of Economy, Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority of Fiji, Academic Institution. Other: Fiji Recycling Industry, Beverage Industries and Collection Agencies, Fiji Plastic Bag Manufactures, Importers and Retailers
Ocean Basins
  • South Pacific
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Local Communities, Tourism Industry, Schools, Local Recycling Industries, Private Sector
Contact information
Aminiasi Qareqare, Principal Environemnt Officer, aminiasi.qareqare@govnet.gov.fj,
Suva, Fiji
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