NSW Cleaning up Our Act Discussion paper


The NSW government released a discussion paper Cleaning Up Our Act: Redirecting the Future Plastics in NSW on 8 March 2020. The paper sought public views on what action NSW should be taking to address plastic pollution in the State. Submissions closed on 8 May 2020.


discussion-paper-cover.jpgDid you know that 75% of marine debris found around the coastline of Australia is plastic, and comes from local land-based sources?

The New South Wales Government released its Cleaning Up Our Act- Redirecting the Future of Plastics in NSW Discussion Paper. It sought our views on how plastic waste and litter could be reduced, with four outcomes:

  • The phase-out of single use plastics
  • Tripling the proportion of plastics recycled in NSW by 2030
  • Reducing plastic litter by 25% by 2025
  • Making NSW a leader in plastic research and innovation

A welcome, long awaited promise is to phase-out lightweight plastic shopping bags (less than 35 microns thick, including those made from degradable and 'compostable' plastic).

We want to thank everyone who put in a submission or completed one or both of the surveys.  The more support the NSW government receives for a single use plastics phase-out, the more likely it is to happen. Remember you can always contact to your local State MP or NSW Environment Minister Matt Kean about this and other environmental issues: https://www.nsw.gov.au/nsw-government/ministers/minister-for-energy-and-environment


The Current Update from the NSW government (as at 12/5/2020):

Feedback on the discussion paper is now being reviewed

A report on the consultation outcomes will be released to the public in late 2020.

The NSW Plastics Plan will be finalised and released to the public in late 2020.



I support urgent action to eliminate problematic and unnecessary single use plastics in NSW, including:

  • A ban of lightweight plastic bags (including degradable and ‘compostable’ bags) in 2020 (exemptions can be given for certified compostable bags for Food Organics collection Services)
  • A ban on single-use plastic takeaway items such as straws, stirrers, cutlery, plates/bowls, coffee cups/lids, containers and heavyweight plastic bags in 2021
  • An immediate ban on polystyrene cups, bowls and containers
  • An investigation into and future policies designed to reduce other single use plastics in the home, in retail, business and industry, agriculture and used in the marine environment

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