Multiple policies affecting retail

Governments in multiple states and territories are currently either implementing or considering bans on a range of plastic items including:

  • beverage containers
  • plastic straws
  • plastic cutlery
  • plastic stirrers
  • plastic plates / bowls
  • plastic cups
  • plastic takeaway containers
  • polystyrene containers, plates, bowls and cups
  • plastic lined coffee cups
  • plastic bags
  • degradable / oxodegradable plastics
  • balloons

The National Retail Association is involved across all jurisdictions, representing retailer perspectives and ultimately encouraging national consistency to prevent negative impacts and confusion.

Download our Summary Table on current and proposed legislation affecting plastic.


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National Retail Association Sustainability Committee

Sustainability is a broad and vastly different proposition for the various channels of retail, however all have a commitment to the community and social responsibility.

The National Retail Association (NRA) Sustainability Committee seeks to minimise impact on the environment, whilst maintaining reputation and meeting the current and future expectations of customers.

The NRA’s Sustainability Committee aims to:

  • bring together experts from across the retail industry, government and associated stakeholders to continue the momentum of positive sustainability regulations;
  • consider the impact of retail activities upon sustainability, the community and environment;
  • consider the effectiveness of sustainability initiatives, such as policy and industry mechanisms;
  • contribute expertise to ensure sustainability policy is commercially viable and delivers sustainable outcomes;
  • provide a non-competitive forum for key industry and government stakeholders to network and share insight;
  • engage in ongoing dialogue between peers and specialists via the NRA’s private Sustainability Committee Linkedin Group.

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David Stout

David Stout

Director Policy National Retail Association
David is a highly-respected senior executive across a wide range of retail sectors including corporate affairs, operations, customer insights, finance, procurement, risk and regulation, stakeholder engagement, community and supply chain.  He is favourably regarded as a bipartisan and ethical operative in best practice across retail and corporate industry, regional and urban councils, local and state governments, and is currently involved in multiple advisory groups / committees.
Ebony Johnson

Ebony Johnson

Project Manager, Policy National Retail Association
As Project Manager in the Policy team, Ebony brings a strong background across the retail, textile, and hospitality sectors in project management, stakeholder relations, marketing and communications. Ebony provides project management expertise to multiple projects, including sustainability, product safety, retail crime and committees.