Plastics and waste

Plastic and other waste pollutes the ocean and waterways and increases our reliance on dirty landfills. In Australia, an estimated 600 billion pieces of plastic infest our waters and kill marine life.

Wage war on plastics and waste

Our consumerist lifestyle is unsustainable. We are using too much water and energy and other resources in production, and generate mountains of waste that poison the land and oceans.  While recycling efforts have improved, a concerted and coordinated effort by individuals, industry and governments is required to make it work effectively.

The NSW waste management system is flawed and needs a major overhaul, as has been highlighted as a result of China's ban on co-mingled and contaminated waste imports

We need the Government to overhaul the NSW waste management system and improve recycling, and to take strong action on plastics, by banning single use plastic items and slashing plastic pollution.

In particular, we are calling on the NSW government to:

  • Ban single-use plastic bags and products containing microbeads;
  • Implement a comprehensive Plastic Pollution Reduction Plan and gazette strong; regulations regarding the use of single-use plastic products and plastic packaging
  • Eliminate nurdle pollution (raw plastic pellets used in manufacturing) by June 2020;   
  • Overhaul the NSW waste management system and improve recycling; and
  • Rule out new landfill sites and waste-to-energy facilities.

See further: A Cleaner, Greener NSW – Policies for the 2019 NSW State Election and Beyond

Boomerang alliance

We are part of the Boomerang Alliance, a coalition of 27 of the nation’s leading environmental groups, who are campaigning for a zero-waste society. The alliance has successfully lobbied for a national electronic waste recycling program and a container deposit scheme in NSW. Learn more about the Boomerang Alliance.


Latest news


19 March, 2012


New report lays out bold agenda for stronger pollution control in New South Wales

The Clearing the Air report launched today sets out a clear agenda for legislative and operational reform aimed at restoring public faith in NSW's pollution control system.

Pollution and waste

4 April, 2012


Bluescope pollution report raises more questions than it answers

Bluescope Steel’s latest report to the state’s pollution regulator reveals that the company breached its pollution licence once every two weeks, but omits important information about the scale and impact of these leaks, according to the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

Pollution and waste

18 April, 2012


Radioactive waste uncovered by workers on Pacific Highway

Reports that radioactive waste has been uncovered by workers on the Pacific Highway near Port Macquarie must be heeded as a clear warning to the NSW Government about the very real risks posed by radioactive materials.

Pollution and waste


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