A new study has found that New Zealand households throw out 1.7 billion plastic containers each year.
Most of the containers are thrown out in their rubbish and recycling bins.
The research was carried out by the Waste Management Institute. They also found that almost 40% of plastic bottles and containers that could be recycled actually ended up in landfills.
The company looked at the recycling and rubbish bins of more than 850 households from eight locations around the country were audited for the research.
It found that 97 million plastic drink and milk bottles are put in rubbish bins, instead of recycling bins.
The most common item being disposed of in either recycling or rubbish bins was single-use drink bottles – 188 per household per year.
WasteMINZ said New Zealand was the first country in the world to have such an in-depth understanding of its kerbside recycling of plastic.