Plastic bags can easily end up in our natural environment.
Where often animals mistake them for food.
Plastic bags in the water look remarkably like jellyfish which is a turtle's favourite snack!
Soft plastics can only be recycled in some parts of New Zealand and there is limited demand for this kind of recycled plastic.
And they can take up to 500 years to break down if littered.
They break down into tiny pieces of plastic which pollute our soil and water. Smaller fish eat them so eventually they could end up in our food too!
If a plastic bag does make it to a landfill it may never break down. Then if a landfill is accidentally reopened due to flood waters as with Fox River landfill it will still end up on our beaches.