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The Sydney CBD is expected to receive 40mm today. - ABC

Wet weather returns

Wet weather is forecast to continue across much of New South Wales today with more than 100 millimetres of rain expected in some areas.

Sydney's west will have up to 60mm, while the CBD will get up to 40mm.

In the state's far north, areas such as Grafton could have totals of up to 120mm.

It comes as Tropical Cyclone Uesi continues to move south towards Lord Howe Island, bringing strong winds and large swells to mainland NSW.

Recycling plant closes

A key recycling plant in Sydney's west will soon close as its operators claim there is not enough money in the business to stay open.

Polytrade Recycling said demand for recyclables had collapsed since China stopped taking foreign waste two years ago and their Rydalmere plant was no longer viable.

Fairfield, Inner West, Willoughby and Lithgow councils are now worried about paying more to dispose of recycled kerbside waste.

The Mayor of Fairfield Frank Carbone said the State Government should spend more money on recycling initiatives.

Police search quotas

A Freedom of Information request has revealed NSW Police are working to meet quotas for frisk and strip searches as well as move-on orders.

NSW Police are conducting almost a quarter of a million searches each year and issuing more than 100,000 move-on orders, and police in south-western Sydney are exceeding their targets by 58,000 and 19,000 respectively.

Those who do not meet quotas face administrative action.

"The data shows a police force that is routinely using its discretionary powers to stop, humiliate and target people across the state in order to meet quotas, not to deal with the facts on the ground," Greens MP David Shoebridge said.

Soil scam warning

Sydney residents are being urged to be wary of an offer for a free shed on their properties, after it was found contaminated soil was being dumped underneath them.

The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) said a waste provider was offering free sheds in exchange for dumping soil underneath them, but the soil contained demolition waste and traces of asbestos.

The scam has been undertaken in the Hawkesbury, the Hills and Hornsby Shire.

Greg Sheehy from the EPA said the investigation into the company was continuing and that if an offer sounded too good to be true, it probably was.