NSW Plastics Plan Discussion Paper

We can use less plastic and improve the way we manage plastic waste and pollution. The NSW Government is reviewing your feedback to the NSW Plastics Plan discussion paper.

The Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 and the NSW Plastics Action Plan have now been released and are available on the DPIE website.

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. 

The NSW Government conducted a public consultation on the NSW Plastics Plan Discussion Paper Cleaning Up Our Act: Redirecting the Future of Plastic (PDF 1.5MB). The consultation closed in May 2020.

The discussion paper outlined proposed actions for a NSW Plastics Plan in the first step towards developing a new, comprehensive approach to reducing plastic use and managing plastic waste and pollution in a circular economy.

Feedback was sought 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.

A public consultation was also conducted on an issues paper, The future for waste and resource recovery in NSW (PDF 3.5MB), to help shape the development of a 20-Year Waste Strategy for NSW. The 20-Year Waste Strategy will set the 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. 

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