As waste volumes grow, infrastructure and services need to keep pace. We need to ensure we have the capacity to meet our critical future needs, such as residual waste capacity, as well as stimulating investment in a pipeline of innovation.
Transitioning to a circular economy means increasing our resource efficiency and reducing our carbon footprint. If we can make our materials more productive by improving their durability through design, reusing or repairing them, recycling and remanufacturing them or extracting their embodied energy, we can reduce our reliance on emissions-intensive virgin materials.
Waste can cause enormous damage to our natural environment and threaten the health and well-being of our community if it is not properly managed. Littering, illegal dumping and mishandling of hazardous wastes costs NSW millions of dollars each year. We need to maintain strong regulations to help stop this waste pollution, and engage with businesses and consumers to drive positive behaviour change.
NSW Plastics Action Plan
We have set out our plan to tackle plastic waste in the NSW Plastics Action Plan. The plan sits alongside this strategy and sets four long-term outcomes we will work towards