Draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Needs Report 2017-21

The EPA's Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy 2014–21 sets targets for the diversion of waste from landfill, increasing from 63% in 2010-11 to 75% by 2021.

To achieve this target, significant investment is required to develop the infrastructure needed to process the increased volume of waste forecast to be generated across the state.

The draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Needs Report 2017-21 was developed to complement the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative and the WARR Strategy, both of which run until 2021, and to assist councils and the waste industry  to understand and plan for the infrastructure needed to process the increased volumes of waste expected by 2021.

The EPA ran a series of 10 consultation workshops and webinars on the draft report across NSW from September to November 2017. This 10-week consultation yielded 27 submissions, representing over 165 organisations. 

Issues raised in the submissions fell into five broad themes

  • comments on the accuracy of data used in the draft and requests for clarifications and data updates
  • the need for increased collaboration between government departments
  • the need for market development
  • the need for longer-term waste projections
  • the need for a longer-term strategy to plan beyond 2021

A clear message from consultation submissions was the need for a longer-term strategy than the 2021 timeframe of the draft report.

The EPA acknowledges that a forward-thinking waste strategy is needed to provide long-term solutions to ensure NSW is prepared for the future. The Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, including the EPA, is leading the development of a 20-year Waste Strategy.

We anticipate releasing an issues paper about the strategy and potential reform directions towards the end of 2019, with a draft strategy to follow. These phases will be accompanied by stakeholder engagement which will inform the final strategy.

Review the consultation paper (PDF 944KB).

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