Media and information

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has an important role to play in providing information to government, industry, business, media and the community about environmental protection and regulation and the state of the NSW environment.

NSW plastic bans

The NSW Government is banning certain single-use plastics.

From 1 November 2022, all manufacturers, wholesalers, businesses and community organisations will be banned from supplying a range of single-use plastic items. This follows the ban on lightweight plastic bags that came into place on 1 June.

To help journalists and media organisations cover the ban, this media pack includes useful information such as what is and isn’t banned, where exemptions may apply, details about our regulatory approach and potential fines, links to advertising collateral, and information resources.

Public registers

Information about specific businesses and activities that is required by law to be publicly available can be accessed via the online public registers. For example, you can use the public registers to lodge or search for information about environment protection licences, prosecutions under environmental law, contaminated land sites, dangerous goods in transit, approved property vegetation plans, forest agreements and operations approvals, and the Hunter River Salinity Trading Scheme.

Guidelines and reports

We also provide a broad range of educational, technical and more general information about the NSW environment and activities that may impact the environment, and about environmental regulations, government policies and initiatives, current incidents, community engagement, industry compliance and best practice.

EPA publications and reports are available online or from our offices, or you can request information by calling the Environment Line on 131 555.

For media

The News and Media Releases contain current and archived media releases from the EPA.

 

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