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City of Fremantle to host bag ban workshop

The City of Fremantle has joined with the National Retail Association to host a workshop to assist Fremantle businesses preparing for the state-wide plastic bag ban. Where: PSAS Coffee Bar, 22 Pakenham Street, Fremantle When: 8am Friday 24 August Cost: Free for all retailers All retail businesses – including ‘traditional’ retail, takeaway food, and even…

Poco Loco Cafe barista Jess King with the cafe's extensive selection of eco friendly options. Picture: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

South West Times: Businesses given lowdown on plastic bags

SOURCE: South Western Times. Author: Kate Fielding Bunbury business owners are being urged to bag some information on their responsibilities under the newly introduced ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags. The National Retail Association is in the South West this week giving advice to retailers as the ban continues to be phased in. Several Centrepoint…


Australia’s first recycled plastic road

Road built with plastic bags and glass in Australian-first Source: Hume City Council Soft plastics from approximately 200,000 plastic bags and packaging, and 63,000 glass bottle equivalents will be diverted from landfill to construct a Victorian road in an Australian-first trial. Downer and Hume City Council have partnered with resource recovery and recycling companies Close…


Local government gets behind bag ban

Great to see local governments getting behind the bag ban and providing information to local businesses.   See Bassendean Business website here >


NRA joins Lindsay Miles for plastic free workshop

Last night, the NRA joined City of Perth and Lindsay Miles to provide advice on reducing plastic use including plastic bags. See future similar events here:  


City of Perth joins the fight to reduce plastic pollution

The City of Perth has joined the Western Australian Government and the National Retail Association in preparing Perth businesses for the state-wide plastic bag ban.   Kathleen Ridgwell, Senior Sustainability Officer for the City of Perth, joined our team on the streets of Perth yesterday to see how businesses were transitioning away from plastic bags.…

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Retailers ready themselves for WA plastic bag ban

The National Retail Association is urging retailers across Western Australia to ensure that they are ready ahead of the state-wide ban on lightweight plastic bags that comes into effect on 1 July 2018. The ban will apply to retailers throughout Western Australia that currently supply lightweight plastic shopping bags to their customers. NRA Manager of…


Food businesses urged to prepare for plastic bag ban

The National Retail Association is urging food retailers to start preparing now for the state-wide plastic bag ban that will be implemented on July 1 2018. The ban will apply to all retailers – not only supermarkets – including food businesses such as butchers, convenience stores, and takeaway restaurants. NRA Manager for Industry Policy David…


The risks of using ‘barely compliant’ bags

Technically, after the ban comes into effect on 1 July, you can supply customers with a plastic singlet bag which is 36 microns thick, however the NRA strongly recommends that you consider alternative options due to the risks involved in using bags that are ‘barely compliant’.   Inconsistent thickness The current legislation bans all plastic…

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Supermarkets commit to phasing out more plastic

Today supermarket giants Coles and Woolworths announced they are stepping up their war on plastic, introducing new targets to slash the amount of wrapping on fresh fruit and vegetables as well as tackling food waste. The retailers committed to going further than their previous announcements to ditch single-use plastic bags in response to demands from…