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Draft NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2013-21

As identified in NSW 2021, reducing waste generation and keeping materials circulating within the economy are priorities for NSW. A statewide Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy is prepared every five years to meet this important challenge.

A review of the current 2007 Strategy has been completed and a new Draft NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2013-21 (130294DftWARRStrat.pdf, 964KB) is now released for public comment.

The draft strategy proposes long-term directions for waste in NSW and includes targets for:

  • avoiding and reducing waste generation
  • increasing recycling
  • diverting more waste from landfill
  • managing problem wastes better
  • reducing litter
  • combating illegal dumping.

Implementation plans providing shorter term priorities, actions and milestones for the strategy’s key result areas will be developed after consultation is completed and the strategy is finalised.

The development of the draft strategy has been underpinned by independent benchmarking and modelling reports and overseen by an independent expert reference group. The draft strategy is intended for consultation with industry, local councils and the broader community. Please have your say by providing a submission.

Answers to some frequently asked questions are also provided for further help.

Public consultation

Public consultation for the Draft NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy closes on 16 December 2013.

Please send your comments to:  or

NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2013-21
Waste and Resource Recovery Branch
Environment Protection Authority
PO Box A290
Sydney South NSW 1232

Development of the draft strategy

The EPA commissioned independent consultants, Sinclair Knight Merz, to provide two studies to underpin the development of the draft strategy.

Benchmark report

This reviewed current national and international waste strategies to ensure that the development of the new NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2013-21 is comparable to others and in line with best practice. It found broadly that the NSW approach is comparable to best practice strategies both in the scope of issues covered and the types of targets set.

Modelling and data analysis report

This modelled a number of future scenarios to boost recycling rates to 2021. These included improved kerbside recycling, better source-separation of commercial and industrial waste, recovery of food and garden waste and the development of additional waste and recycling infrastructure.

Expert reference group

An independent expert reference group oversaw the strategy’s development in accordance with section 12 of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2001.

The Expert Reference Group comprises:

  • two members from the EPA Board – Ms Julie Savet Ward (Chair) and Ms Christine Covington
  • two waste experts – Mr Tony Wright (Wright Corporate Strategy) and Mr Vaughan Levitzke (Chief Executive - Zero Waste SA)
  • a member with local government expertise – Mr Robert Verhey (Local Government and Shires Association).
Page last updated: 17 October 2013