The NSW Plastics Action Plan – Outcomes for the future
Forming a key part of the NSW Government's NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041, the NSW Plastics Action Plan (PDF 2.1Mb) outlines a comprehensive suite of actions to address plastic at all points of the plastics lifecycle, from production and consumption to disposal and recycling.
While plastic is a versatile and useful product, it’s also increasingly threatening our natural environment. Once in the environment, plastics take many years to degrade, often breaking into smaller parts which can kill our wildlife.
NSW generates 800,000 tonnes of plastics every year, with only 10% being recycled. We recognise plastic's impact on our natural environment and human health, which is why we need a comprehensive and bold response to this important issue.
The NSW Plastics Action Plan sets out the first six actions to achieve four long term outcomes to better manage plastics and reduce the impact they have on the environment.
These actions address each point in the lifecycle of plastics - from production and consumption through to disposal, recovery and recycling.