NSW reduces littering by 16 per cent

Published 21st March, 2016 in Environment, Environment

Littering is reducing while recycling and renewable energy is increasing in NSW, according to the 2015 NSW State of the Environment report.

Recycled plastic bottled in a bin.
In 2012-13 NSW recycled 10.5 million tonnes compared with 5.3 million tonnes in 2002-03, despite an increase in population.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the report showed NSW was managing waste better than ever, particularly through increased recycling and litter reduction.

“In 2012-13 NSW recycled 10.5 million tonnes compared with 5.3 million tonnes in 2002-03, despite an increase in population,” Mr Speakman said.

Reducing litter is one of the NSW Premier Mike Baird's priorities where he plans to reduce the volume of litter by 40 per cent by 2020.

The report is prepared every three years and publishes the status of key environmental issues facing NSW.

According to the report, the number of items of litter has dropped by 16 per cent in 2014-15 compared to 2013-14 – this is four times the national reduction rate of just four per cent.

Electricity generated from renewables has increased from 6.1 per cent in 2008 to almost 11 per cent in 2014. While at the same time electricity from coal has reduced from 91 per cent to 82 per cent.

For more information download the 2015 NSW State of the Environment report.

Published 21st March, 2016 in Environment, Environment