Look out, litter! Councils and community groups receive grants to tackle hotspots

The NSW Government has awarded more than $930,000 in grants to councils and community groups under the latest round of litter prevention grants, the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment announced today.

“This funding supports projects in 13 local council area in both metro and regional NSW,” Executive Director Circular Economy and Resource Management Sanjay Sridher said.

“They include cleaning up and preventing litter at transport interchanges in Blacktown, preventing litter at tourist hotspots in Byron Bay, and funding for solar smart bins in Forbes, which will send an alert to the council when a bin is full.

“Nobody likes to see litter in their parks or waterways and tackling the problem at a local level – through the councils and groups that really know the area – is an effective way to prevent litter for the long term.

“Eight community groups have also received funding to clean-up and prevent litter in local rubbish hotspots, targeting funding to where local groups know need action most.”

Projects include reducing plastic at Lake Macquarie Cafes, support for the Airds Clean Up Crew in the Macarthur area, installing Seabins on the North Coast and helping Tathra Surf Life Saving Club with its clean-up and litter patrols.

The NSW Government is committed to reducing litter and we know that almost everyone is on board with doing the right thing with rubbish.

“Now it’s a matter of making sure the right programs are in place to clean-up hotspots and give tossers a nudge when it comes to disposing of rubbish properly,” Mr Sridher said.

More information about the NSW Government’s Litter Grants program is available at https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/litter-program