NSW could move rapidly towards becoming a waste free society, where waste products are effectively collected and re‐used to produce other necessary goods. Many residents are eager to dispose of waste products ethically and to know they are contributing to a solution rather than a problem. There is also
increasing consumer demand for products made from recycled materials.
However, the volume of waste being produced in NSW is increasing, while the diversion of waste from landfill is only growing slowly, representing a growth in pollution, and wasted resources and energy. While no-one wants our environment to be treated as one big garbage tip, pollution continues to pour into the air and waterways, and urban run-off continues to degrade natural assets.
It’s time for NSW to move against the pollution trends and towards the waste-free vision, building on successes and combating current limitations.