The use of reusable containers is an easy, affordable and sustainable solution businesses can adopt to manage the single-use plastics ban.
On this page
use of reusable containers is legal and an easy, affordable and sustainable
solution businesses can adopt to manage the single-use plastic ban.
Victoria’s food safety legislation (the Food Act 1984, the Meat Industry Act 1993 and the Seafood Safety Act 2003) does not prohibit food businesses, retail butcher shops and seafood retailers from accepting reusable containers from customers.Individual businesses can decide whether or not to allow customers to use their own containers to take away retail products. Retail businesses should consider all applicable food safety standards to put measures in place to ensure the use of reusable containers does not impact the safety or suitability of retail products for human consumption.
More than ever, consumers want to reduce their waste. A 2021 Sustainability Victoria (SV) study found there is genuine interest in reducing the use of single-use plastics (SUPs); however, there is a view that it is difficult for an individual to act because it is unavoidable to buy products without plastic.
This research confirmed that the environmental issues that single-use plastics pose is already entrenched in the minds of Victorians. There is a generally good understanding that SUPs impact out environment by creating landfill, polluting our oceans and other natural resources. Victorians are ready for change.
Businesses can provide the solution for their customer, and inform customers that they accept reusable containers, creating cultural norms to bringing your own (BYO).
The use of reusables by Victorians is on the rise. A recent SV survey found that 60% of survey respondents used a reusable cup more than 3 times a week in 2021 compared to just 21% in 2020.
To reduce the use of single-use items, your business could accept and encourage customers to bring the following reusable items:
To help you communicate to your customers that reusables are welcome, download and print a Reuse poster in English and additional languages.
BYO Containers has excellent tips for businesses getting started.
These companies provide a variety of options to fit your business needs: