Why it matters

Increasing resource recovery in NSW

The waste levy is an important tool to promote resource recovery over landfilling waste. The NSW Government sought feedback on how it can be improved to drive resource recovery further.

The Issues paper sets the direction of the waste levy review and lays the groundwork for policy options.

Review of the NSW waste levy: Issues paper

We sought feedback on the operation of the waste levy to ensure it continues to act as an effective incentive for resource recovery in NSW.

The NSW Government consulted with the community, local councils and industry to explore how adjustments to the operation of the waste levy could reinvigorate the incentive to recycle while minimising impacts on cost-of-living and making it easier for waste operators to do the right thing.

Your views towards the issues set out in the Issues paper are highly valued and will inform the development of options for improving the waste levy and its operation.

We sought your feedback on how we can:

  • adjust waste levy rates and boundaries to increase resource recovery in NSW, while minimising impacts on cost-of-living
  • create a fair playing field for waste operators who safely and sustainably manage waste
  • ensure the waste levy operates as an effective incentive for resource recovery within the broader waste and resource recovery landscape of NSW, including infrastructure, services, and markets.

The consultation period ran for 6 weeks from 3 June to 15 July 2024.

Ways to have your say

Public consultation on the Review of the NSW Waste Levy: Issues paper is now closed.

Your privacy

Please note, your feedback may include ‘personal information,' including your name, address, email, internet protocol address and any other personal information contained in your feedback.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (the EPA) must comply with the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998. Visit the EPA’s privacy page and the Privacy Policy for further information on its online consultation platform.

The EPA may publish all or part of your feedback on its website, on its online consultation platform or in a consultation report. In providing us with your feedback, you consent to the EPA publishing all or part of your submission. If you would like all or part of your feedback to be withheld from publication, please let us know when making your feedback.

If you send us an email, we will record your email for the purpose of responding to you.

All information held by the EPA is subject to the Government Information (Public Access) Act 2009.