NSW Plastics Plan Discussion Paper

Cleaning Up Our Act: Redirecting the Future of Plastic in NSW

Growing recognition of plastic’s impact on our natural environment and human health means we need a comprehensive and bold response to this important issue. 

Cleaning Up Our Act outlines proposed actions for a NSW Plastics Plan. It is the first step in developing a new, comprehensive approach to reducing plastic use and managing plastic waste and pollution in NSW.

Cleaning Up Our Act will address our most problematic and unnecessary single-use plastics and go further to holistically tackle the way we think about and use plastics in a circular economy.

Managing plastic waste is everybody’s responsibility, shared between governments, industry, and the community. Now is the time to have your say on the future of plastic in NSW.

Key targets and actions

Cleaning Up Our Act lays the ground work for making NSW a national and global leader in the management of plastics. It sets out targets to reduce the amount of plastic we generate, increase recycling rates, reduce plastic pollution and make NSW a global leader in plastic research and solution development.

We want your feedback on proposals to

  • phase out key single-use plastics
  • triple the proportion of plastic recycled in NSW across all sectors and streams by 2030
  • reduce plastic litter items by 25% by 2025
  • make NSW a leader in national and international research on plastics.

At the same time, the NSW Government has released an issues paper to help shape the development of a 20-Year Waste Strategy for NSW. The 20-Year Waste Strategy will set vision for how we manage waste in NSW. It will include measures that aim to reduce waste, increase recycling, plan for future infrastructure and create new markets for recycled products. The NSW Plastics Plan will be an important part of this long-term strategy.

Have your say

The NSW Government has opened a public consultation on  the NSW Plastics Plan Discussion Paper Cleaning Up Our Act: Redirecting the Future of Plastic. The consultation provides the opportunity for members of the public, community groups, business and industry and local government to provide feedback via a survey by 5pm Friday 8 May 2020.

Have your say on Cleaning Up Our Act.


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