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Extra Support for Plastic Phase Out

Businesses in our local area and across NSW are being given a helping hand to transition away from single-use plastics, thanks to a new partnership between the NSW Government and the National Retail Association (NRA).

Member for Oatley, Mark Coure said, that over the next nine months the NRA will visit retailers across our local community, providing resources to help businesses make changes in line with Plastics Reduction and Circular Economy Act 2021.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to step up and support their local community by caring for the environment,” Mr Coure said.

“Whilst this will incur some changes, like receiving environmentally friendly straws, foodware or cutlery when collecting takeaway, it is important that we make these changes now to support a cleaner, more sustainable future.”

The additional support comes ahead of the ban on the supply of lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 June. The supply of single-use plastic cutlery, straws, plates and bowls, and any other products containing plastic microbeads will also cease from 1 November.

Minister for Environment, James Griffin said, whilst a number of large and small businesses have already phased-out single-use plastics, for many the ban will involve significant change and they’ll need government and community support.

“More than 2.7 billion plastic items end up in NSW waterways each year, wreaking havoc on the environment and endangering wildlife. This campaign will help ensure NSW businesses are ready to go,” Minister Griffin said.

Minister for Small Business, Eleni Petinos said, that strong cooperation between government and industry was needed to ensure minimal disruption.

“During the transition phase, the NSW Government will work closely with industry stakeholders to support a smooth changeover. Not only will this help smaller retailers comply with the new laws, it will also ensure that their customers are aware of the changes that will be occurring,” Minister Petinos said.

CEO of the National Retail Association Dominique Lamb said the program will also focus on supporting distributors, importers, manufacturers and not-for profit organisations through resources, online sessions and in-person forums.

“We also want to ensure we engage with hard-to-reach communities, especially small businesses, culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) groups and regional areas,” Ms Lamb said.

“Businesses and community organisations need our help to understand and comply with the ban, but also assistance with preparing their customers for the change.”

The NRA has launched a free hotline to offer businesses, community organisations and consumers advice on the single-use plastic bans.

For more information call the hotline on 1800 844 946 or visit:

http://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plastics-ban