The NSW Government has committed $65 million and updated the NSW Illegal Dumping Strategy to clamp down on illegal littering.
NSW Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced the changes, saying they would help make NSW a cleaner state by 2021.
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“The NSW Illegal Dumping Strategy tackles a serious environmental and health issue,” Ms Upton said.
“It is backed by ambitious targets and a significant financial commitment to cut the rate of illegal dumping across the State by nearly a third.”
The NSW Illegal Dumping Strategy outline key actions to stop illegal dumping. It discusses the value of education, collaborative partnerships, enforcement and infrastructure.
NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will deliver the updated strategy by partnering with public land managers, local government, charities and community groups.
Funding has gone towards certain initiatives, with $9 million for regional illegal dumping squads to help prevent and clean up dumped rubbish, $3 million for the Clean-up and prevention program that helps land managers and community groups, and $1 million to the Aboriginal Land Clean-up and Prevention Program.
RIDonline, the NSW EPA’s illegal dumping database, has been expended to let the community report incidents.
“This Government is committed to a cleaner NSW and this Strategy will help us continue to work to reduce dumping in our community areas and environment,” Ms Upton said.
The strategy can be found here.