New $465.7 Million Waste and Resource Recovery Initiative for NSW
Author: Ryan Collins
The new Waste Less, Recycle More initiative just announced will be led by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and brings forward a holistic and strategic approach to waste and recycling that aims to transform the way waste is managed in NSW for the future.
The initiative has been developed in response to the first ever independent review of the levy by KPMG. The KPMG report and the Government's response to its 17 recommendations are available at: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/waste/levyreview.htm
This comprehensive reform package will help achieve the State's recycling targets, stimulate investment in infrastructure; and combat illegal dumping and littering. Key programs in the five year package include:
- $250 million Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Package, that includes:
- $70 million to facilitate the establishment of community drop-off centres for problematic wastes (e.g. gas bottles, paint, fluoro tubes)
- $70 million to target the collection and re-processing of food waste from businesses and householders
- $60 million to stimulate investment in waste and recycling infrastructure to support levy paying communities
- $35 million to support businesses across NSW increase waste avoidance and resource recovery
- $15 million to support recyclers reduce residuals, increase their efficiencies and develop innovative recycling solutions and new markets
- $137.7 million for local councils to develop fit-for-purpose local solutions for their communities
- $58 million to combat illegal dumping through partnerships between the EPA, councils, the community and land owners
- $20 million in funding for litter programs to ensure NSW has the lowest litter per capita.
Further details regarding the above initiatives and other policy and operational reforms from the KPMG review are available at: www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/WasteLess.htm
The EPA will be conducting open workshops across NSW during March. Locations of the workshops and details for RSVP are available at: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/waste/wasteforums.htm