Recycling and reuse
Not everything needs to go to landfill – there are many ways we can reuse and recycle. The EPA leads efforts in NSW to increase recycling, by people, businesses, and governments. Learn about our programs and have your say on our plans.
Recycling and reuse in NSW
Discover the EPA's programs and initiatives designed to increase recycling and reduce waste in NSW.
Circular Economy Policy
Circular economy is about changing the way we produce, assemble, sell and use products to minimise waste, and to reduce our environmental impact. The circular economy can also be great for business; by maximising the use of our valuable resources, and by contributing to innovation, growth and job creation.
Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy
Reducing waste generation and keeping materials circulating within the economy are priorities for NSW. To meet this challenge, the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) prepares a new Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy every five years.
Waste Less, Recycle More
Let's not take the environment for granted. The EPA’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative provides grants and funding for waste and recycling projects.
Return and Earn
Earn money while you help our environment with Return and Earn. You can get a 10-cent refund when you return an eligible drink container to one of over 600 return points across NSW. Find out which containers you can return, and where you can drop them off.
Resource recovery framework
Resource recovery orders (orders) and resource recovery exemptions (exemptions) allow some wastes to be beneficially and safely re-used independent of the usual NSW laws that control applying waste to land, using waste as a fuel, or using waste in connection with a process of thermal treatment.
Recycling starts at home. Learn how to prevent food waste and recycle in unexpected ways, and explore the convenient services available for disposing of problem wastes like paint cans, batteries, and fluoro lights.
Business and government recycling
The EPA works with businesses and government to improve recycling and reduce our impact on the environment. EPA support includes tools, programs and services, and funding for infrastructure to make it easier for businesses and communities to recycle more and send less waste to landfill.