Funding For Cleaner Communities
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams has welcomed the NSW Government’s decision to invest $337 million over four years from 2017-18 for state-wide litter reduction and waste management projects as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
“This investment means the NSW Government can continue tackling litter, combating illegal dumping and rogue waste operators, facilitating the development of waste and recycling infrastructure and supporting councils,” Mrs Williams said.
“Reducing litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020 is also one of NSW Premier Mike Baird’s 12 Premier’s Priorities.”
NSW litter volume dropped by 12 per cent in the past 12 months, according to this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful National Litter Index results, which means there has been a 19 per cent reduction in NSW’s litter volume from 2013-14 to 2015-16.
The 2017-2021 Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funding includes:
- $30 million for litter reduction programs, including $1.5 million for community litter grants and $4 million for council litter grants
- $88.5 million for resource recovery infrastructure
- $70 million for councils’ waste and resource recovery projects
- $65 million to combat illegal dumping
- $57 million for household problem waste programs, including $37 million for community recycling centre collections and processing
NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman said Waste Less, Recycle More was a comprehensive approach to improving waste and recycling behaviours in NSW households.
“A cleaner environment benefits the whole community and is everyone’s responsibility, and with this investment, the NSW Government is making it easier for households and businesses to do the right thing,” Mr Speakman said.
For more information on Waste Less, Recycle More and the NSW Government’s litter reduction and waste management programs visit www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste-less-recycle-more.htm.