Report shows recycling renewables on rise
THE 2015 NSW State of the Environment report shows littering in New South Wales is reducing, recycling is increasing and renewable energy is on the rise.
The number of items of litter has dropped by 16% in 2014-15 compared to 2013-14 - this is four times the national reduction rate of just 4%.
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.
Electricity generated from renewables has increased from 6.1% in 2008 to almost 11% in 2014, and in the same time electricity from coal has reduced from 91% to 82%.
"These changes have helped reduce NSW greenhouse gas emissions to about 19.6 tonnes per person, compared to the national average of 23.2 tonnes per person.
"This shows that the government's energy efficiency and renewable action plans are working," Mr Speakman said.
"The report highlights the government's achievements in working for a healthy future but also shows there is room for improvement and challenges ahead.
"Recognising these challenges and acknowledging the opportunities they present is a core function of responsible government," he said.
"We have a rising population, increasing urbanisation and an aging population, which leads to greater demand for housing, energy and water.
"Ensuring our environment can cope with these pressures is a government priority."
Click here to view the environment report.