As part of the “Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan,” the Queensland Government is introducing legislation that will allow specific single-use plastic products to be banned by 1 July 2021, starting with straws, cutlery, plates and stirrers.
The Queensland Government is currently seeking feedback on the proposed ban through an online survey and direct consultation with business, industry and others impacted by a ban to which the NRA is currently providing advice and input on behalf of our members.
We encourage all retailers to also contribute via the 5-minute survey. The results will assist the Government gauge support for plastic reduction initiatives, foresee challenges and implement strategies that support businesses during the transition.
The survey includes questions on the legislation start date, exemptions, positive and negative impacts for consumers, businesses and the environment, possible voluntary action campaigns and your current actions to reduce plastic waste.
This survey closes 5pm on Thursday 30 April 2020.
To complete the survey, visit the Queensland Department of Environment and Science website here.
The National Retail Association is extensively involved in sustainability initiatives, including lightweight plastic bags and other single-use plastics bans across all jurisdictions. We represent retailer perspectives and ultimately encourage national consistency to prevent negative impacts and confusion.
To read more about the current status of plastic legislation across Australia, please visit here.
Retailers seeking more information, clarification or personalised advice on how to successfully manage upcoming single-use plastic bans should contact the NRA Policy team at [email protected]