Victorian retailers prepare with 2 weeks until plastics ban

The Victorian Government is implementing a single-use plastic ban across Victoria on February 1. Single-use plastic drinking straws and stirrers,...

The Victorian Government is implementing a single-use plastic ban across Victoria on February 1. Single-use plastic drinking straws and stirrers, single-use plastic cutlery, single-use plastic plates, single-use plastic cotton buds and food service items and drink containers made from expanded polystyrene will be banned. The National Retail Association were engaged to...

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Are you a packaging or labelling business?

ARE YOU A PACKAGING OR LABELLING BUSINESS? This opportunity might be for you! Calling all packaging and labelling manufacturers, distributors...

ARE YOU A PACKAGING OR LABELLING BUSINESS? This opportunity might be for you! Calling all packaging and labelling manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers. In May 2023, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) will be launching a new packaging platform on the ARL Marketplace. Its purpose is to provide a simple sourcing solution...

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Applications for the 2023 PIDA Awards are now open!

Entries are now open for the 2023 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Awards which are coordinated by the...

Entries are now open for the 2023 Australasian Packaging Innovation & Design (PIDA) Awards which are coordinated by the Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP). The PIDA Awards are designed to recognise companies and individuals across 15 categories who are making a significant difference in their field in Australia and...

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Retailers welcome state review of container refund scheme

The National Retail Association has welcomed the Queensland Government’s review of the Containers for Change initiative to increase the...

The National Retail Association has welcomed the Queensland Government’s review of the Containers for Change initiative to increase the types of containers that are eligible for the successful 10-cent refund scheme. NRA Director of Policy David Stout said expanding the scope to include wine and spirit bottles will make recycling...

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Thousands of businesses phase-out single-use plastics

The National Retail Association today applauds New South Wales businesses for taking the single-use plastic ban in their stride. From...

The National Retail Association today applauds New South Wales businesses for taking the single-use plastic ban in their stride. From 1 November, the NSW Government is banning single-use items including: Plastic straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates, unlidded bowls, and cotton buds Food ware and cups made from expanded polystyrene Rinse-off personal...

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Look out for counterfeit cash this Christmas season

Retailers have reported a recent rise in the frequency and quality of counterfeit banknotes. Overall, counterfeiting is at its lowest...

Retailers have reported a recent rise in the frequency and quality of counterfeit banknotes. Overall, counterfeiting is at its lowest level in a decade. This decline is due to fewer transactions being made with cash, COVID-19 lockdowns, the rollout of a new banknote series with upgraded security features, and ongoing...

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Free support for Victorian retailers phasing out single-use plastics

Regional business owners in Victoria will have access to free, in-person advice about the Victorian Government’s single-use plastics ban,...

Regional business owners in Victoria will have access to free, in-person advice about the Victorian Government’s single-use plastics ban, when experts from the National Retail Association visit over 3000 retailers between October and December. Problematic single-use plastics will be banned from sale or supply in Victoria from 1 February 2023. The ban...

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Tranche 1 of Aotearoa New Zealand Plastic Phase-Outs now in effect

Retailers operating in New Zealand should be aware that certain hard-to-recycle packaging and single-use plastic products are now banned. From...

Retailers operating in New Zealand should be aware that certain hard-to-recycle packaging and single-use plastic products are now banned. From 1 October 2022, it is illegal to provide, sell or manufacture the following plastic products in Aotearoa New Zealand: Single-use plastic drink stirrers (all plastic types) Definition: A single-use plastic drink stirrer is any...

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1.5 billion containers saved from landfill in WA

Since its launch in October 2020, the Western Australian Containers for Change has reached a major recycling milestone –...

Since its launch in October 2020, the Western Australian Containers for Change has reached a major recycling milestone – saving 1.5 billion 10c containers from landfill. Western Australians should be applauded for returning eligible containers to one of the 256 refund points across the state. Western Australia is now recycling 64...

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Funding available to natural disaster declared communities

A new support package for flood-affected communities across New South Wales will be released today to support farmers, businesses...

A new support package for flood-affected communities across New South Wales will be released today to support farmers, businesses and local councils to recover and rebuild. Disaster assistance is now available in 23 local government areas (LGAs) following severe storms and flooding from 27 June 2022, which continue to impact...

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Queensland retailers and shoppers welcome roadmap for reducing waste

The National Retail Association has today endorsed a Queensland Government roadmap to further reduce single-use packaging over five years,...

The National Retail Association has today endorsed a Queensland Government roadmap to further reduce single-use packaging over five years, saying both businesses and shoppers would appreciate a clear plan to move forward. The Queensland Government has today committed to enshrining into law the voluntary shopping bag pact that the NRA...

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WA plastics ban is first of its kind, retailers call for patience and support

With the first phase of the Western Australian plastics ban commencing Friday, the National Retail Association is urging shoppers...

With the first phase of the Western Australian plastics ban commencing Friday, the National Retail Association is urging shoppers to prepare, and to support businesses undergoing significant change over the next few months. The Stage 1 ban will apply to all plastic shopping bags (with handles) of any thickness, including...

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Retailers preparing for WA plastics ban with just two weeks to go

West Australian retailers are readying their businesses and their customers for major changes to the use of plastic items...

West Australian retailers are readying their businesses and their customers for major changes to the use of plastic items for shopping and takeaway food, with major changes coming in just under two weeks. From 1 July, a ban will apply to all plastic shopping bags with handles of any thickness,...

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10 billion reasons to celebrate World Environment Day

Australians have saved more than 10 billion single-use plastic items over the last five years, with more than 100,000...

Australians have saved more than 10 billion single-use plastic items over the last five years, with more than 100,000 retail and food outlets contributing to the success, the National Retail Association said today. Environment Day On World Environment Day, NRA Chief Executive Dominique Lamb praised Australian retail businesses – and...

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Have your say on how Victoria’s container deposit scheme will work

Victoria will have a container deposit scheme up and running in 2023. The Victorian Government is currently seeking feedback on...

Victoria will have a container deposit scheme up and running in 2023. The Victorian Government is currently seeking feedback on the draft regulations and regulatory impact statement (RIS). Areas of consultation include eligible containers, refund amount, refund labelling requirements and community access standards. Multiple states and territories have introduced schemes which enable...

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Retailers embrace lightweight plastic bag bans, but call for national alignment

New laws banning the supply of lightweight plastic shopping bags with handles will come into effect across New South...

New laws banning the supply of lightweight plastic shopping bags with handles will come into effect across New South Wales on Wednesday 1 June.  The National Retail Association has been working closely with the NSW Government over the past few months to provide advice and resources to thousands of retailers,...

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