The NSW Government is ramping up its support for waste recycling, with more than $4 million invested to keep household and general waste out of landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Assessments for state significant projects such as waste management and energy generating facilities will be cut by three-quarters in a major overhaul of the NSW planning system.
The NSW Government has waived the waste levy fee for residents disposing of flood generated waste in areas across the state’s north coast, Southern Highlands and Northern Tablelands that have been declared Natural Disaster Areas.
The NSW waste levy has a positive impact on diverting waste from landfill, however, aspects of the EPA’s administration of the levy could be improved, according to a new report from the Audit Office of NSW.
The National Waste and Recycling Industry Council (NWRIC) has labelled the NSW State Budget ‘short sighted’, with the real economic potential of the waste and resource recovery industry being bypassed for a reliance on landfill levies.
New intakes for the NSW EPA’s Circulate and Civil Construction Market Programs are now open for projects seeking to divert valuable materials from landfill for re-use, recycling and industrial ecology projects.
The NSW Budget has allocated $96 million, or $240 million over four years, to waste management programs designed to accelerate the state’s circular economy transition.
A Bill brought forward by the Greens in the NSW Upper House to ban the incineration of most waste has been voted down, with the major parties acknowledging that waste-to-energy (WtE) is one way of managing waste that cannot be recycled.
Tyrecycle moves to expand its operations in Sydney with a new state-of-the-art manufacturing plant.
Sixteen metropolitan Sydney councils have joined forces to recycle nearly 100 million glass containers per year into local roads, through the largest local government-led procurement of recycled road-making materials in NSW history.