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What you need to do now: Retailers

Prepare Now

STEP 1: STOCKTAKE

Check your inventory of single-use plastic straws, cutlery and beverage stirrers to ensure you will be ready for the change from March 1 2021. Consider whether you need to have all, or some of these types of items available to your customers, as you may be able to reduce costs. 

Single-use cutlery and beverage stirrers

  • Stop ordering single-use cutlery and beverage stirrers now.
  • Use up existing stock before March 1, 2021.

Single-use plastic straws

  • Stop ordering single-use plastic straws unless you intend to keep these for people with a disability or health needs – it’s your choice.
  • Flexible single-use plastic straws are generally used by people who need them due to disability or health needs.

STEP 2: ORDER ALTERNATIVES

  • Order alternatives as soon as possible.
  • Email Green Industries SA for a list of Suppliers of Alternative Products. You will receive details such as: 
    • Brand name, manufacturer and availability 
    • Product composition including glues and coatings (where applicable) 
    • Product or material specifications and claimed standards/certification
    • Whether the product is re-usable, recyclable or compostable
    • Wholesale and retail costs
    • Safety e.g. if item is unsuitable for holding certain liquids or hot foods.

The reference to a particular product or company in the list does not mean an endorsement by Green Industries SA. 


STEP 3: EXCESS STOCK OPTIONS

Don’t stockpile unused products for a rainy day unless you choose to retain single-use straws for people with a disability or health needs.
Here are some options to avoid sending single-use items to landfill:

RETURN         Contact your supplier for return options. These products may still be used interstate but items should be in the original, unopened packaging. 

RECYCLE       Enquire if excess stock can be recycled – this depends on the type of plastic and if it has a use. Contact these companies (fees may apply):

YCA Recycling
Wingfield, Adelaide
Phone: 1300 503 882
www.ycarecycling.com 

Recycling Plastics Australia
Kilburn, Adelaide
Phone: 08 8359 1111
www.rpau.com.au/contact

REUSE           If single-use plastic drinking straws are in the original unopened packaging these straws may be able to be donated for use by those with a disability or health needs under the exemption to the Act. 


STEP 4: PREPARE FOR DISPOSAL

Correct disposal of compostable items may mean changing your waste management and recycling systems and practices, so prepare now. 

In response to customer expectations, businesses are increasingly introducing collection systems to recycle and avoid food waste – speak to your waste contractor for more information.                                 

STEP 5: EDUCATE YOUR STAFF

  • Tell staff about the new legislation and how your business is going to avoid or replace the waste.
  • Train staff to communicate the change to your customers.
  • See the Talking Points here.


STEP 6: INFORM YOUR CUSTOMERS 

  • Display supplied Point of Sale materials available here – download and print or order printed copies free of charge.
  • Help your customers to transition by communicating the change early.
  • Tell customers with disability and health needs if you decide to keep single-use plastic straws for their use on request.
  • Encourage customers to BYO their own reusable straws where appropriate. 
  • See the Talking Points here.