Recycling and reuse
There are many ways to recycle and reuse waste. The EPA provides grants for recycling projects, advice on materials that can be recycled, and information on Community Recycling Centres.
Recycling and reuse in NSW
Recycling is something everyone can do to protect the environment. Through Waste Less, Recycle More funding, programs and services, the EPA is working hard to make it easier for businesses and communities to become better recyclers and reduce waste sent to landfill.
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
The NSW Government has announced the extension of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative with a further $337 million over 4 years from 2017-21.
Return and Earn
The NSW container deposit scheme, Return and Earn, began rolling out across NSW on 1 December 2017 and everyone has a role to play. Drink container litter makes up 44% of the volume of all litter in the state and costs more than $162 million to manage. Return and Earn is the largest litter reduction scheme introduced in NSW, and will help meet the Premier's goal of reducing the volume of litter in the state by 40% by 2020.
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 is something every household can do to protect the environment. The EPA is working to increase the number of green lid bin services, so more people can separate their home food and garden organics for collection and recycling into compost. To safely dispose of household problem wastes free of charge, NSW householders can use two convenient collection systems: Household Chemical CleanOut and Community Recycling Centres.
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.