Litter prevention strategy for NSW

The NSW Government is serious about reducing litter. In 2015 the former Premier set a target to reduce litter volume in NSW by 40% by 2020. This target was reached in 2020 with a 43% reduction in litter volume since the baseline year of 2013-14.

To continue this great work two new ambitious targets have been set in the new NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 (PDF 2.1MB). These targets are:

  1. reduce all litter items by 60% by 2030
  2. reduce plastics litter items by 30% by 2025.

Under the NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 an additional $38 million of funding for 2022–27 has been allocated to litter programs to achieve these targets. This will provide funding for councils and community groups to deliver local and regional litter prevention projects and build on NSW’s other litter prevention work, including the successful Don't be a Tosser! campaign.

To guide these priorities the NSW Government has developed the NSW Litter Prevention Strategy (PDF 786KB), a first for NSW. This is accompanied by the NSW Litter Prevention Implementation Plan 2019-20 (PDF 108KB).

The Strategy will be updated in 2022 to guide targeted action towards the new targets outlined in the new Waste Strategy.


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