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All things environment have been on the cards this week. Tackling illegal dumping, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, trimming business bin waste and environmental restoration and rehabilitation grants are just some of the programs getting attention in NSW. 

This has been a busy week in the environmental realm, with many programs getting attention and inroads made to put the environment front and centre.

The Clean-up and Prevention Program to combat illegal dumping supports local councils, public land managers and community groups, working to identify local illegal dumping sites and implement prevention and clean-up action on publicly managed land. Recently, $75,000 in Clean-up Prevention grants have been delivered. The program is part of the NSW Government’s $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

In NSW, no one can deny that coal plays a large part of our economy. Families and communities depend on the coal industry for survival, and millions of homes depend on coal power plants for electricity. However, it cannot be ignored that coal also has an impact on the environment.

The NSW Government is calling on academics, researchers and industry to develop innovative methods for low emission coal technologies via the Coal Innovation NSW Fund to decrease the environmental impacts of coal use. The projects must be designed for NSW coal or coal fired power stations and aim to reduce greenhouse emissions or increase combustion efficiency. Applications close on 12 October.

The $9.4 million Bin Trim Business Grants program funds waste assessments for small and medium-sized business. The assessors are funded by the NSW EPA. 26 recipients will get advice to increase recycling, reduce waste and lower costs. Bin Trim assessment provide businesses with an onsite analysis and a tailored Waste Reduction Action Plan, which includes practical and affordable options to increase recycling.

More funding is being handed out as part of the Restoration and Rehabilitation Program, which is a contestable grants program seeking to achieve long-term beneficial outcomes for the NSW environment.

The program aims to encourage and enable communities and government organisations to protect, conserve and restore our valuable natural environment. It facilitates projects which work to prevent or reduce environmental degradation of any kind. Improving the capacity of communities and organisations to protect, restore and enhance the environment is also the intended outcome of the program.

In this round, $5.3 million is available, including:
- $2 million for projects by community organisations working to prevent or reduce environmental degradation;
- $2 million for projects by government entities working to prevent or reduce environmental degradation; and
- $1.3 million for owners and managers of State Heritage Register-listed places working to prevent or reduce environmental degradation on their heritage properties.

Applications close on 18 September, so we encourage all to get in early and secure some funding to ensure the preservation of the unique and beautiful environment surrounding us all.

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