Save Our Recycling

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LGNSW relaunched the Save Our Recycling campaign and a new report, At the Crossroads - the state of waste and recycling in NSW, at its 2019 annual conference.

The campaign achieved some great wins for local government ahead of the last state election, securing commitments from two major parties to reinvest the Waste Levy in local recycling solutions.

But NSW still has a recycling problem. That’s why we’re relaunching the campaign ahead of the 2020 NSW Budget, to put recycling back on the agenda and secure greater funding for local government for waste and recycling education and infrastructure.

We’ve got a new campaign video:

We’re urging the NSW Government to:

  • Fund councils to develop regional plans for the future of waste and resource recovery in their regions
  • Fund the delivery of priority infrastructure and other projects, procured by local government, that are needed to deliver the regional-scale plans, particularly where a market failure has been identified
  • Increase local and state government procurement of recycled goods made with domestic content; and
  • Fund and deliver a state-wide education campaign on the importance of recycling to encourage the right way to recycle, the purchase of products with recycled content, and promoting waste avoidance.

Supporter Pack

Councils can help by using the new recycling supporter pack. We have logos, banners, website buttons, posters and more – as well as a Mayoral Minute your council can use to officially endorse the campaign asks. 

We know local government is dealing with the worst of our recycling problems. With this campaign, we’re working to secure the funds local councils so desperately need to improve waste and recycling services and help build a circular economy in NSW.


In March 2019, LGNSW President Linda Scott presented a petition to the NSW Government to Save Our Recyling.

Save Our Recycling Election Summit - 6 March 2019

The Save Our Recycling Election Summit is being at the Sydney Mint on Wednesday 6 March from 9.30am to 11.30am. 

Attendees include representatives from government, industry experts, academics, councils and the media. There’ll also be a panel discussion with an opportunity to pre-submit questions for the panel. We’re inviting elected officials, council executives, waste staff and other industry players to attend to demonstrate your commitment to recycling and the development of an innovative, homegrown recycling industry in NSW.

Here's a glimpse of what happened at the summit.

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