Plastics news and media releases

Catch up with the latest news on plastics.

  • Party with a purpose this Plastic Free July!

    Hundreds of thousands of birthdays will be celebrated in NSW this month, and with ‘Plastic Free July’ kicking off, we’re challenging every party planner to throw a plastic free and sustainable celebration.

  • Next steps to beat plastic pollution in NSW

    The NSW Government is ramping up efforts to tackle plastic pollution by inviting the public to have its say on helping to prevent 800,000 tonnes of plastic waste produced each year from causing harm to the environment and human health.

  • Redcycle clean up reaches milestone

    Coles and Woolworths have met their immediate obligations under the Clean-up Notices issued by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) with more than 5000 tonnes of soft plastics moved to safe storage.

  • $60 million in grants to transform plastics recycling

    NSW businesses are being encouraged to apply for a grant under a new $60 million national program to transform plastic waste into valuable products.

  • No extension on deadline to move high-risk soft plastic stockpiles

    Minister for the Environment, Penny Sharpe MLC, has welcomed that the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has maintained its position that Australia’s major retailers, Coles and Woolworths, will not receive more time to move high-risk soft plastic stockpiles.

  • Monday deadline for soft plastic removal plan

    The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) on Wednesday issued Australia’s largest supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths, with a revised draft Clean-up Notice to manage the recovery, recycling and lawful removal of more than 5200 tonnes of soft plastic stockpiled across the state.

  • Supermarkets on notice to clean-up soft plastic stockpiles

    Australia’s largest supermarkets, Coles and Woolworths have been served by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) with a draft Clean-up Notice to remove more than 5200 tonnes of soft plastic stockpiled at 15 sites across the state.

  • 8 billion reasons to celebrate five years of Return and Earn

    Return and Earn is celebrating five years of its wildly popular recycling scheme, with the people of NSW returning more than eight billion containers and reducing drink container litter volume by 52 per cent since it was introduced by the NSW Government in 2017.

  • More single-use plastics banned from today

    Additional single-use plastic items will be banned in NSW from today as communities and businesses embrace a massive shift away from problematic plastics.

  • Diving against Debris ahead of plastic ban

    With just over a week until NSW bans more single-use plastics, Minister for Environment James Griffin has joined dozens of citizen science scuba divers and snorkelers in a community effort to clean up Sydney Harbour and highlight exactly why the bans are needed.