Regional NSW has great potential to develop waste and recycling hubs, providing jobs and new material outputs to downstream industries.
Australia requires sustainable waste solutions and our central location gives NSW overnight access to 80% of Australia’s population, and its waste.
With our large economy and community, NSW creates about one-third of Australia’s total waste and over the next 20 years the state’s waste volumes are forecast to grow from 21 million tonnes to nearly 37 million tonnes.
Our ambition is to provide other Australian states with easy access to our sustainable recycling plants and to develop safe and adequate disposal options for the materials we can’t recycle.
The NSW Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy 2041 outlines government initiatives to support the transition to a circular economy and provide related infrastructure. The strategy is backed by $356 million in funding to deliver priority programs and policy reforms.
At a glance
34 million tonnes
of waste volume expected to be generated in NSW annually by 2041
14 million tonnes
of waste diverted from landfill through recycling in 2019-20
NSW recovery rate from all waste streams targeted by 2030
allocated to deliver priority programs and policy reforms
in incentives for producers to replace emissions-intensive plastic
of investment expected in the NSW sector over the next 10 years
PET plastic bottles recycled every year at recycling plant in Albury