Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy Progress Report

The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy Progress Report details the performance of NSW against the NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy 2014-21. The reporting requirement is set out in Section 53 of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2001.

Latest progress report

The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy Progress Report 2017-18 is the first time the EPA has reported against the WARR Strategy 2014-21. The Progress Report 2017-18 uses a new more robust methodology for measuring waste generation, disposal and recycling. The change in methodology means that the waste generation, disposal and recycling data in the Progress Report 2017-18 cannot be compared with the data from previous progress reports.

Progress against key result areas 

KRA 1 – Avoid and reduce waste generation

amber iconBetween 2015-16 and 2017-18, total waste generated per capita rose from 2.42 tonnes to 2.69 tonnes. This was primarily due to increased construction activity. However, there was a steady reduction in municipal solid waste (MSW) generated per capita during this period.

KRA 2 – Increase recycling

amber icon Progress has been made towards the 2021-22 targets. Both construction and demolition (C&D) and commercial and industrial (C&I) show growth in recycling rates. C&D recycling has been at or near the 80% target rate over the last three years, while C&I has increased from 47% in 2015-16 to 53% in 2017-18 against a target of 70%. The MSW recycling rate, however, remained steady at 42% between these periods against a target of 70%.

KRA 3 – Divert more waste from landfill

amber icon The diversion rate in 2017-18 was 65%, up from 63% in 2015-16, against a 2021-22 target of 75%. This was largely driven by the high resource recovery rates for construction activity. Going forward, investments from Waste Less, Recycle More grant funding have generated a pipeline of infrastructure that will progressively come online and increase NSW recycling capacity by almost 2 million tonnes per year.

KRA 4 – Manage problem wastes better

green iconIn 2017-18, NSW exceeded its target of 86 drop-off facilities or services for managing household problem wastes, with 87 Community Recycling Centres operational. This now means that 62% of NSW residents have access to problem waste services, with the program continuing to expand.

KRA 5 – Reduce litter items

amber icon Between 2011-12 and 2017-18, litter items in NSW fell by almost a third. While this is still short of the target of a 40% reduction by 2016-17, the success of a wide range of NSW litter programs, most notably the Return and Earn scheme, has been driving significant progress and is expected to continue to deliver positive results.

KRA 6 – Reduce illegal dumping

amber icon In 2016-17, a statewide target to reduce illegal dumping incidents by 30% by 2020 was developed using new data. This has been backed up by almost $20 million in funding for illegal dumping programs and new online resources to help local government record and manage dumping incidents.



Historical progress reports

The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy Progress Report 2014-15 summarises progress towards meeting the targets in the NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy 2007 and makes comparisons to previous progress reports using the same methodology.


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