29 January 2014

Tony Issa MP, Member for Granville is encouraging local councils, businesses, and community groups to take advantage of the millions of dollars available in waste grants before applications close in February.

The grants were opened in late 2013 as part of the $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative designed to drive down waste to landfill and increase resource recovery across NSW,” Mr Issa said.

This is the first significant round of funding under the initiative and offers applicants opportunities to undertake a range of waste and recycling programs,” Mr Issa added.

This could include establishing new community recycling centres, new or enhanced recycling infrastructure, new household kerbside organic collection services and funding to clean up illegal dumping hotspots and education programs to reduce food waste.” 

Environment Minister Robyn Parker said that the NSW Government has committed $465.7 million in waste funding up until 2017 to support improvements and developments to NSW waste and recycling services and infrastructure.

It is now up to applicants to identify their local needs and apply for funding to undertake those improvements,” said Ms Parker.

I encourage councils, and other eligible parties, to develop innovative and value-for-money grant applications to help improve their waste and recycling systems for the benefit of both their local communities and the broader NSW environment.”

Grant rounds closing in February include:

Closing on 3 February 2014:

           $16.22 million Local Government Organics Collection Systems

           $11.35 million Community Recycling Centres

           $9.65 million Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement

           $2 million Combatting Illegal Dumping: Clean Up and Prevention

Closing on 28 February 2014:

           $1.4 million Love Food, Hate Waste

The Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean Up and Prevention grant is managed by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), all other grants are managed jointly by the EPA and the NSW Environmental Trust.

More information about all of the available grants, how to apply and the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative is available on the EPA’s website here: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/wasteless.htm

The next closing round for Waste Less, Recycle More infrastructure grants is 7 March 2014.


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