Waste strategy and Plastics Plan released
The NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 Stage 1: 2021 – 2027, and the NSW Plastics Action Plan have been released by NSW Premier Berejiklian and Environment Minister Kean.
Plastic straws will be phased out under the new plastics plan
The documents set an exciting new strategic direction for waste management in NSW and are backed by $356 million in funding over five years.
They include a range of initiatives such as the phase-out of single-use lightweight plastic bags, cotton-buds, straws and stirrers, as well as a state-wide rollout of green bins for food and organic waste to help achieve zero emissions from organics in landfill by 2030.
The phase-out of single-use plastics will stop an estimated 2.7 billion items of plastic litter ending up in our environment over the next 20 years, and the collection of FOGO by householders will help to achieve zero emissions from organics in landfill by 2030.
Small businesses will be supported to transition to new products before the phaseouts come into effect and exemptions will be available for community members who rely on single-use plastics for health or disability needs.
The NSW Government will continue to work closely with councils and other stakeholders as the plans roll out.