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


17 January 2019


AGL admits selling ash with heavy metal contamination

AGL’s admission that it has been selling contaminated waste to business customers highlights the need to tighten environmental controls on the state’s most polluting industry.

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