The NSW Environment Protection Authority has released its timetable for the next four years of Waste Less, Recycle More grants and is encouraging community, business and local government to get involved in reducing waste, increasing recycling and reducing litter.
EPA Executive Director of Waste and Resource Recovery Steve Beaman said the NSW Government is investing $337 million more over four years to continue to deliver economic and environmental benefits to NSW through the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
“Grants for organic infrastructure to help reduce food and garden organics waste going to landfill are currently open for applications.
“The grants assist with the installation of infrastructure and equipment to increase recycling capacity for food and garden waste or improve opportunities to redistribute good food to people in need.
“Since the initiative commenced $40 million has already been allocated to 71 projects, increasing the State’s organics processing capacity by an estimated 527,000 tonnes a year under this grant program.
“$3 million has also been provided to food relief agencies to collect an additional 6,000 tonnes of surplus food per year to feed people in need.”
Mr Beaman said Waste Less, Recycle More encourages innovative business approaches to increase recycling and reduce waste, along with reducing illegal dumping and littering.
“More than 1,000 projects across the State that are expected to process more than 2.2 million tonnes of waste and create 845 jobs have already been supported through the initiative.”
Grants to open in July 2017:
- Grants for weighbridges to support recycling facilities and landfills to install weighbridges, to assist the better quantification of waste.
- Grants for litter prevention – regional implementation program to support regional waste groups to deliver on their regional litter plans, achieving litter reduction for NSW.
Funding for 2017-2021 includes:
- $30 million for litter reduction programs, including $1.5 million for community litter grants and $4 million for council litter grants
- $106 million for the waste and recycling infrastructure and business recycling
- $57 million for household problem waste programs, including $37 million for community recycling centre collections and processing
- $70 million for councils’ waste and resource recovery projects
- $65 million to combat illegal dumping