1.5 billion single use plastic bags eliminated since July

A total of 1.5 billion single-use plastic carry bags have been eliminated since major supermarkets implemented their self-imposed bans...

A total of 1.5 billion single-use plastic carry bags have been eliminated since major supermarkets implemented their self-imposed bans in July, according to the National Retail Association (NRA). The decision by Australia’s two biggest supermarkets to no longer offer single-use free plastic carry bags also coincided with a state-wide ban...

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Forums will get Queensland ready for Container Refund Scheme

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne Enoch A...

Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Minister for Science and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Leeanne Enoch A series of community forums will be held across Queensland to encourage community groups to participate in recycling opportunities through Queensland’s Container Refund Scheme, which starts on November 1. Minister for Environment...

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Don’t Bag Retail Staff – SDA campaign on new plastic bag bans

Single-use plastic bag bans are now in place across Queensland and Western Australia and all Coles and Woolworths stores...

Single-use plastic bag bans are now in place across Queensland and Western Australia and all Coles and Woolworths stores Australia-wide. The SDA, the union for retail and fast food workers, is running a “Don’t Bag Retail Staff” campaign as part of their ongoing work to stop abusive and violent behaviour...

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Container Deposit Scheme now in Canberra

Last weekend the ACT became the fourth jurisdiction in Australia to introduce a Container Deposit Scheme, where residents can...

Last weekend the ACT became the fourth jurisdiction in Australia to introduce a Container Deposit Scheme, where residents can return eligible containers for a ten cent refund.  The Territory follows SA and NT, where a similar scheme has been in place for many years, as well as NSW, which introduced...

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NRA continues to assist retailers with bag bans across Australia

Sunday marked the launch of two new bag bans in QLD and WA. A total of 6 Australian states...

Sunday marked the launch of two new bag bans in QLD and WA. A total of 6 Australian states and territories now have plastic bag bans in place. Several supermarkets and national chains also took the initiative to ban lightweight plastic bags in NSW and VIC where bag bans are...

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Feedback invited: Queensland’s new waste strategy

The Queensland Government is developing a new resource recovery and waste management strategy. This strategy will be underpinned by a...

The Queensland Government is developing a new resource recovery and waste management strategy. This strategy will be underpinned by a waste disposal levy and will enable a diverse and sustainable waste management industry. The strategy aims to deliver long-term value to the environment, new jobs for communities and confidence by...

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Supermarkets step up to meet global plastic challenge on World Environment Day

Media Release: Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, says Australians used 5.66 billion single-use...

Media Release: Hon. Josh Frydenberg MP Minister for the Environment and Energy, Josh Frydenberg, says Australians used 5.66 billion single-use plastic bags last financial year. Some of which contributed to the 13 million tonnes of plastic which makes its way into our oceans each year, entangling or being eaten by...

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What you can gain from the Young Leaders Program

What is the Young Leaders Program? Standards Australia’s Young Leaders Program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them...

What is the Young Leaders Program? Standards Australia’s Young Leaders Program selects emerging industry and technical experts and provides them with an exciting opportunity to become involved in the national and international standardisation processes supporting Australian industry and government. Through the program, participants will access training and gain direct exposure to...

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Retailers calling on NSW government to ban the bag

Each Australian state or territory has either passed, or are in the process of passing, legislation that eradicates single-use...

Each Australian state or territory has either passed, or are in the process of passing, legislation that eradicates single-use plastic bags across the entire retail grid, with the exception of New South Wales (NSW).  Should NSW emulate the steps taken in other states, it will bring all retailers throughout Australia...

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What retailers need to know about free range egg laws

From April 26, egg producers, supermarkets and egg re-sellers must be sure that the labelling on all 'free range'...

From April 26, egg producers, supermarkets and egg re-sellers must be sure that the labelling on all 'free range' eggs lives up to the new standards, applied under Australian Consumer Law (ACL). The new laws have been put in place to ensure egg labelling is transparent and shoppers are getting...

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Free Crime Update Workshop for Brisbane retailers

All members of the NRA SafeCity Network are invited to come along to the next Retail Crime Update meetings. In this one-hour meeting,...

All members of the NRA SafeCity Network are invited to come along to the next Retail Crime Update meetings. In this one-hour meeting, the NRA will provide an update on current crime trends occurring in the Brisbane area and invite all retailers to share their experiences of the crime affecting their business. This is...

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Anzac Day 2018 Trade

The retail sector faces certain trading restrictions for trading on Anzac Day 25 April 2018.  Trading hours restrictions, in part...

The retail sector faces certain trading restrictions for trading on Anzac Day 25 April 2018.  Trading hours restrictions, in part or whole, apply to particular types of shops and the location of the shops in specified areas of the certain states. In some states exempt stores will be able to...

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QLD and WA retailers prepare for plastic bag ban

The countdown is underway for Queensland retailers before they are forced to permanently bin the plastic bag ahead of...

The countdown is underway for Queensland retailers before they are forced to permanently bin the plastic bag ahead of bans that will take effect on July 1 2018. The National Retail Association (NRA) will be touring local shopping precincts to provide advice for retailers preparing for the impending ban on...

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New dates now available for “How to write an Australian Standard”

Due to popular demand, two extra dates have been added to the schedule for this learning event: Melbourne: 14 June...

Due to popular demand, two extra dates have been added to the schedule for this learning event: Melbourne: 14 June 2018 Sydney: 21 June 2018 This full day workshop will help you to understand the main concepts and processes that underpin “How to write an Australian Standard”. Topics covered: the difference between normative and...

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NSW gift card reforms kick in March 31 – what else do you need to know?

The NRA recently participated in a stakeholder session with the NSW Government, to clarify some of the ‘grey areas’...

The NRA recently participated in a stakeholder session with the NSW Government, to clarify some of the ‘grey areas’ of the new legislation regarding the three-year minimum expiry dates on gift cards, which takes effect on March 31. Some of the issues raised are answered below, however, please treat this...

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100-day countdown begins before QLD retailers bin the plastic bag

There are only 100 days to go before retailers across Queensland will be forced to permanently bin the plastic...

There are only 100 days to go before retailers across Queensland will be forced to permanently bin the plastic bag when the state-wide ban kicks into effect on July 1 2018. The ban includes all single-use, lightweight shopping bags with handles and a thickness under 35 microns. NRA Manager of Industry...

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