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Waste Less, Recycle More initiative

The NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative is a 5-year $465.7 million package to transform waste and recycling in NSW.

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.

As of December 2015 Waste Less, Recycle More programs have awarded $268.3 million to 653 projects, aiming to process 1,972,762 tonnes more waste and create 741 jobs. The Waste Less, Recycle More report card (PDF 424KB) provides a summary of achievements so far.

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

The Waste Less, Recycle More grant program snapshot (PDF 363KB) contains a further breakdown of funding allocations.

More information on 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 via tracking studies.

An executive summary and full report are available for download:

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Page last updated: 02 May 2016