REDUCING SINGLE USE PLASTICS IN NEW SOUTH WALES: HAVE YOUR SAY

The NSW government has just released a discussion paper Cleaning Up Our Act: Redirecting the Future Plastics in NSW. The paper seeks public views on what action NSW should be doing to address plastic pollution in the State. 

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 has released its Cleaning Up Our Act- Redirecting the Future of Plastics in NSW Discussion Paper. It is seeking your 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).

If you prefer to have the discussion paper read to you, Boomerang Alliance together with our allies have made a recording of the Discussion Paper Reading done in four parts which you can view below. 

 

TAKE ACTION!


ACTION 1: COMPLETE THE SHORT SURVEY

The short survey should take about 5 minutes to complete - https://yoursay.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plastics-plan/short-survey  We have created a document for you to download as a guideline to help you complete the short survey. 

ACTION 2: COMPLETE THE DETAILED SURVEY

The detailed survey should take about 20 minutes to one hour to complete - https://yoursay.dpie.nsw.gov.au/plastics-plan/detailed-survey 

ACTION 3: MAKE A SUBMISSION - download the template and adapt/send to plastics.plan@environment.nsw.gov.au

Due by 5pm on Friday 8 May 2020


Submission template for individual

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
  • 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

[Your Name and address]

 

Submission template for organisation

We have put together a more comprehensive submission template for community groups and organisations. You can download the template and use it as it is (adding your group/organisation's name) or you can amend/add to the text as needed.

 

NSW PLASTICS PLAN DISCUSSION PAPER READING

 

PART 1

 

PART 2

 

PART 3

 

PART 4