Author: Ryan Collins
With the population of NSW expected to grow to over 8.2 million by 2021, the state will need to process nearly 20 million tonnes of waste. The NSW EPA would like to know what you think about the draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021.
The EPA’s Waste and Resource Recovery Strategy 2014–21 sets targets for the diversion of waste from landfill, increasing from 63% in 2014/15 to 75% by 2021. To achieve these targets significant investment is required to develop the infrastructure needed to process the increase in the volume of waste forecast to be generated across the state. The EPA has developed the draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021 to assist councils and waste industry participants to understand the expected increase in waste streams and to plan to ensure sufficient infrastructure capacity is available to process the projected volumes.
The Strategy will be open for consultation until 20 November 2017. You can review the Strategy and submit feedback via the NSW EPA website.
For further details on the NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021 or waste and recycling infrastructure grants, please direct any queries to the EPA Waste and Recycling Infrastructure team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
NSW Grants for Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement Open
The Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement grants program is now open to applications. This program aims to increase the amount of waste materials recycled by accelerating and stimulating investment in recycling infrastructure at existing licensed recycling facilities, and increasing resource recovery to meet the NSW 2021 recycling targets.
Applications close 5pm, Wednesday 20 December 2017. You can find more information at the NSW EPA website.
Ryan is the Recycling Programs Manager at Planet Ark. After nearly a decade working in the banking and finance industry Ryan was drawn to a career in environmental conservation that saw him work in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji. With a background in psychology and environmental management, Ryan’s role at Planet Ark since 2012 has been focused on developing engaging and positive environmental behaviour change programs to help everyone recycle and reduce waste.