Get ready: 1 week to go for SA Single-Use Plastic Ban

We're one week away from the start of the South Australian Single-Use Plastics Ban. From March 1 2021, single-use plastic...

We're one week away from the start of the South Australian Single-Use Plastics Ban. From March 1 2021, single-use plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers will be prohibited from sale, supply or distribution in South Australia. We emphasize that plant-based or 'bioplastics' plastics, such as PLA, PHA and similar, are included in...

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Updates on the South Australian single use plastic ban

Retailers should be aware of updates to the South Australian single use plastic ban due to come into effect...

Retailers should be aware of updates to the South Australian single use plastic ban due to come into effect from 1 March 2021. The legislation prohibits or restricts single use plastic straws, cutlery and stirrers being sold, supplied or distributed in South Australia. Compostable (bioplastic) products The legislation includes both fossil-fuel...

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New action on unnecessary plastic packaging  

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has published the APCO Action Plan for Problematic and Unnecessary Single-Use Plastic Packaging, designed to help Australia’s...

The Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) has published the APCO Action Plan for Problematic and Unnecessary Single-Use Plastic Packaging, designed to help Australia’s packaging supply chain phase out problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic packaging through innovative and sustainable solutions.    The action plan will help drive the necessary change at each step of the packaging supply chain...

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South Australian government charging ahead with single use plastics ban commencing 1 March 2021

The South Australian Government has advised the National Retail Association that on 1 March 2021, the Single Use Plastics...

The South Australian Government has advised the National Retail Association that on 1 March 2021, the Single Use Plastics (Waste Avoidance) Act 2020 will be implemented after passing Parliament on 9 September 2020. The National Retail Association consistently lobbied on behalf of industry and retailers to ensure 'black out periods' were...

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Retailers support SA plastics ban but more time and support needed

The National Retail Association (NRA) commends the South Australian government for its action on single-use plastics, but insists more...

The National Retail Association (NRA) commends the South Australian government for its action on single-use plastics, but insists more time and support is needed to help businesses to prepare and comply. South Australia is the first state to ban single-use plastic items such as straws, cutlery, stirrers as well as...

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ACT to ban single-use cutlery, stirrers & EPS foodware in mid 2021

The ACT Government has submitted an Exposure Draft of the Plastic Reduction Bill 2020 was tabled in the ACT...

The ACT Government has submitted an Exposure Draft of the Plastic Reduction Bill 2020 was tabled in the ACT Legislative Assembly today and, if passed, will likely come into effect July 2021. “The phase out will begin from July 2021, banning the sale and supply of single-use plastic cutlery, stirrers...

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QLD single-use plastics ban submitted to Parliament with broad public support

The Queensland Government has submitted the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Bill 2020 to Parliament and, if...

The Queensland Government has submitted the Waste Reduction and Recycling (Plastic Items) Amendment Bill 2020 to Parliament and, if passed, will likely come into effect sometime in 2021. Queensland and interstate retailers, especially those that sell food and beverages, should familiarise themselves with the proposed changes or contact the National...

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Industry & community groups combine to support ban on EPS foodware

The National Retail Association plus industry and community groups have contacted the Queensland Government today to express their support...

The National Retail Association plus industry and community groups have contacted the Queensland Government today to express their support for a ban on expanded polystyrene (EPS) foodware. Members of the QLD Stakeholder Advisory Group on the proposed single-use plastics ban, have written a joint letter recommending that EPS takeaway cups,...

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SA to ban single-use plastic straws, cutlery, stirrers & EPS foodware

The Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2020 was introduced to Parliament on 30 April 2020. This...

The Single-use and Other Plastic Products (Waste Avoidance) Bill 2020 was introduced to Parliament on 30 April 2020. This Bill prohibits the sale, supply and distribution of certain single-use plastic products and establishes a framework for adding other products in the future. Key elements of the proposed legislation include: Single-use...

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Last Chance: Have Your Say on the QLD Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan

As part of the "Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan," the Queensland Government is introducing legislation that will allow specific single-use...

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...

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WA Containers for Change Announces Scheme Pricing

The WA Containers for Change pricing scheme for first responsible suppliers (beverage manufacturers) has now been announced. Set to...

The WA Containers for Change pricing scheme for first responsible suppliers (beverage manufacturers) has now been announced. Set to commence operation on 2 June 2020, Containers for Change will provide a 10-cent refund for each eligible container returned for recycling at an approved Containers for Change Refund Point. The...

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NSW Container Deposit Scheme: Retailer Obligations

The NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated their retailer obligations for the Container Deposit Scheme. The Director of...

The NSW Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has updated their retailer obligations for the Container Deposit Scheme. The Director of CDS Policy & Compliance has recently written to clarify retailer obligations under the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2001, to advise some ways retailers can comply with these obligations,...

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WA Container Deposit Scheme – update

The WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has updated the website for the Container Deposit Scheme. The...

The WA Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has updated the website for the Container Deposit Scheme. The WA Containers for Change scheme begins on Tuesday 2 June 2020. The scheme will allow consumers to take eligible beverage containers to a refund point to receive a refund of...

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WA’s new container deposit scheme to launch in June 2020

Western Australian Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced Western Australia's new container deposit scheme, Containers for Change, will launch...

Western Australian Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced Western Australia's new container deposit scheme, Containers for Change, will launch on Tuesday June 2, 2020 following the WA Day long weekend. From June 2, 2020, Western Australians will be able to return and recycle their eligible containers at any Containers for...

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People eating ‘a credit card’ of plastic each week, new study reveals

A new study finds on average people could be ingesting approximately 5 grams of plastic every week, which is...

A new study finds on average people could be ingesting approximately 5 grams of plastic every week, which is the equivalent weight of a credit card. By: Dr Thava Palanisami The analysis No Plastic in Nature: Assessing Plastic Ingestion from Nature to People prepared by Dalberg, based on a study commissioned...

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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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