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Environmental protection, waste and recycling

How to reduce household waste, recycle more and prevent litter and illegal dumping. Report noise, air and water pollution to protect the environment.

Waste and recycling

Reduce and recycle household waste to save you money and help protect the environment.

Litter and illegal dumping

Illegal dumping of waste and litter on land and in water pollutes the environment and can harm human health. Find grants and funding for litter and waste prevention projects.

Report pollution

Contact the responsible organisation to report water, air, chemical, noise and waste pollution.

Air quality and air pollution

Check current air quality, learn about air quality monitoring, air pollution and how to protect your health.

Noise pollution

Noise is regulated by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA), your local council or police depending on the source of the noise. Excessive noise can distress native animals, ruin our enjoyment of the environment and can impact our health and hearing.

Water use and monitoring

Information about water pollution, drinking water quality, how to reduce stormwater pollution and wastewater recycling.

Contaminated land

Lands can be contaminated with hazardous chemicals or pesticides that may be harmful to human health or the environment. A list of NSW contaminated sites notified to the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is published each month.

Environment protection licences

Environment protection licences may be required for certain activities, particularly those that impact on the environment or cause pollution. Find out if you need an environment protection licence.

NSW State of the Environment 2018

Prepared every 3 years, the NSW State of the Environment (SoE) reports on the status of key environmental issues facing New South Wales.
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