Plastics

Plastic packaging and single-use plastic items make up 60% of all litter in NSW. These items take thousands of years to decompose and in the process, they are causing great harm to our natural environment and wildlife. The NSW Government has banned several problematic and unnecessary single-use plastic items, with further items to be reviewed in the future.

We are consulting on the paper NSW Plastics Next Steps, outlining proposed further action on plastic in NSW, for 14 weeks from Sunday 29 October until Sunday 4 February 2024.

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Beat plastic pollution

We want to beat plastic pollution. Share your thoughts about reducing our reliance on single-use plastics in NSW.

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Report prohibited plastics

Reports from the community can play an important role in investigating the supply of prohibited plastics.

Report prohibited plastics

Single-use plastics straws, balloons, cutlery, cups

Exemptions

Some plastic items are currently exempt from the bans.

Find out which single-use plastic items are exempt

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Guidance

Information for industry, business, and education providers on complying with the bans.

Bans guidance

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Plastics Action Plan

The plan outlines a comprehensive suite of actions to address plastic at all points of the plastics lifecycle.

Read about our actions

Baled plastics

News and media releases

Hot off the EPA press.

Read plastics news and media releases