Extra $4.5 million to advance recycling in NSW

Mark Speakman
Nine waste facilities in NSW will share in $4.5 million of grants to buy equipment that will further improve recycling and resource recovery in the state.

The funding to expand or upgrade recycling equipment is from round two of the NSW Government’s Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement grants program, which comes under its Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

This bolsters the $4.2 million awarded to eight waste facilities in the first round in 2015.

Announcing the new grants, NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman said this investment was just one of many improvements the NSW Government was making to modernise waste and recycling infrastructure and to improve the capacity for resource recovery.

“We’ve set an ambitious target of diverting 75 per cent of waste from landfill by 2021,” said Mr Speakman. “To achieve this, we are expanding kerbside collections to create a new network of community recycling centres and improve the infrastructure at waste facilities to enable them to recover more recyclable materials.”

The waste facilities awarded funding under the second round are: Australian Native Landscapes, Direct Group Industries, Grasshopper Environmental Services, NSW Glass Recyclers, Remondis Australia, Veolia Environmental Services (Australia) and Cessnock City, Lismore City and Wyong Shire Councils.

Information about the projects undertaken by each waste facility is available on the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage ‘Environment Trust’ projects page.

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