Inter-governmental taskforce

China’s enforcement of its National Sword policy restricts the types of recycled material China will accept. As China is the largest importer of recyclable products from Australia this policy threatens NSW’s kerbside recycling systems and the options for recycled material currently produced in NSW.

A whole-of-government approach is required to coordinate immediate interventions, as well as plan longer-term solutions to respond to these global changes.

To this end, the NSW Government has established an inter-governmental Taskforce to urgently progress a longer-term strategic response to National Sword, in partnership with industry and local councils.

This Taskforce is led and chaired by the NSW EPA. The Taskforce includes representatives from

  • NSW EPA (Chair)
  • Department of Premier and Cabinet, including the Cross-Border Commissioner
  • NSW Treasury
  • Department of Finance, Services and Innovation
  • Roads and Maritime Services
  • Fire & Rescue NSW
  • Department of Planning and Environment
  • Office of Local Government
  • Office of the Small Business Commissioner

Longer term solutions are required to ensure NSW can continue its strong recycling record. The Taskforce’s work is focused on long-term actions, including: examining the use of recycled products and scouting opportunities to increase the use of recycled products, developing a circular economy policy for NSW and pursuing a national policy, and examining long term recycling strategies and support requirements.

This Taskforce is also consulting with industry, local government and other relevant stakeholders. 

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