Litter prevention strategy for NSW

The NSW Government is serious about reducing litter. The Premier has made it a personal Premier’s Priority to reduce litter volume in NSW by 40% by 2020, one of 12 Premier's Priorities. To meet this target, the EPA is working hard with councils, businesses, state government agencies and the community, guided by NSW's first Litter Prevention Strategy.

The EPA is changing the thinking on litter

Nearly all of us think littering is unacceptable, but some of us still do it. The EPA wants to change our thinking and behaviour, and make it easy for the community to report littering.

Under Waste Less, Recycle More, an additional $30 million of funding for 2017–21 will let the EPA provide millions of dollars of funding to councils and community groups and build on NSW’s other litter prevention work, including the successful Hey Tosser! campaign.

Consultation draft

To guide the priorities of this $30 million Litter Prevention fund, the EPA has produced a draft NSW Litter Prevention Strategy (PDF 3.6MB), a first for NSW.

The consultation has now closed, and the final version of the strategy will be released by the NSW Government by December 2017.

The Litter Prevention Action Table (Attachment A) is key part of the strategy. It outlines how everyone can contribute to achieving both our litter target and a sustained change of behaviour in NSW. This is also a framework to guide the EPA's litter funding priorities, now and into the future.

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