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Waste Less, Recycle More

The NSW Government has announced the extension of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative with a further $337 million over 4 years from 2017-21.

This extension guarantees funding from 1 July 2017 until 2021 to continue the work already underway to modernise the waste sector in NSW, deliver waste and recycling services to the community and ensure a clean environment. The 2017-21 Waste Less, Recycle More extension brochure (PDF 498KB) provides more details on the programs, priorities and grants under the extended program.

The Waste Less, Recycle More grant program snapshot for 2017-21 (PDF 198KB) contains a breakdown of funding allocations.

Waste Less, Recycle More provides funding for business recycling, organics collections, market development, managing problem wastes, new waste infrastructure, local councils and programs to tackle illegal dumping and litter.

The initiative is funded through the waste levy and is the largest waste and recycling funding program in Australia.

Waste Less, Recycle More programs will:

  • encourage local communities to think differently about waste avoidance, recycling, littering and illegal dumping
  • deliver conveniently located, value-for-money waste infrastructure to make it easier for households and business to do the right thing
  • drive innovative regulatory approaches to protect the environment and support investment in new waste programs.

At July 2016 Waste Less, Recycle More programs have awarded $292.3 million to 822 projects, aiming to process 2,230,167 tonnes more waste and create 845 jobs.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is leading the initiative, with some grant programs being delivered by the NSW Environmental Trust .

Waste Less, Recycle More funding priorities 2017-21 

The Waste Less, Recycle More grant program snapshot (PDF 198KB) contains a further breakdown of funding allocations.

More information about programs

Waste Less, Recycle More grant programs

Waste Less, Recycle More community benchmark study

The Waste Less, Recycle More community benchmark study (PDF 2.5MB) explores the motivations and behaviours of NSW householders about how they recycle and manage their waste at home.

This research provides a benchmark for monitoring changes in knowledge, attitudes and behaviours relating to household waste management and recycling. The research was conducted with a representative sample of the NSW population and the results include recommendations on future strategies for programs looking to influence kerbside recycling, organics, problem wastes and illegal dumping. This piece of research will also assist in evaluating the effectiveness of these programs using tracking studies.

An executive summary and full report are available for download:

  • Executive summary (PDF 351 KB)
  • Full report (PDF 2.5MB)
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    Page last updated: 14 October 2016