Goulburn MP Wendy Tuckerman is calling on the region to jump online and contribute to the NSW Government's plans to cut back on single use plastics, reduce waste and increase recycling.
Two new NSW Government papers are now open for consultation online: Cleaning Up Our Act: Redirecting the Future of Plastic in NSW and the NSW 20-Year Waste Strategy.
"The NSW Government is changing the conversation around waste and plastics. I've heard so many people in our community say they want to see action on single-use plastics and increased recycling," Mrs Tuckerman said.
"There are so many great waste-reducing initiatives already happening here at a local level and it is fantastic to now be able to channel that passion and ingenuity into our plastics plan and long-term waste strategy."
The NSW waste management sector is valued at around $1.5 billion.
It employs more than 10,000 people and there is scope for this to grow, particularly in regional NSW.
The discussion paper Cleaning Up Our Act: Redirecting the Future of Plastic in NSW sets a clear pathway to reduce single-use, unnecessary and problematic plastics in NSW and help build our circular economy.
This discussion paper sets the stage for the phase-out of some single-use plastics, tripling the proportion of plastic recycled by 2030, reducing plastic litter by a quarter and making our state a leader in plastics research and development.
Reforms up for discussion in the Issues Paper on the NSW 20-Year Waste Strategy include new state-wide waste reduction targets, separating food and garden waste from red-lidded bins so we can better recover the benefits of organic waste through composting and energy recovery, and increasing the use of recycled content in state and local infrastructure projects.
"I encourage everyone to visit the consultation webpages to have their say on the future of plastics and waste in our state," Mrs Tuckerman said.
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