Over $3 million in grants awarded to help manage waste in the long term

Extracting steel and textiles from over 3,000 discarded mattresses each year in the Albury area is just one of the targets to increase household and business recycling across the state, through grants of almost $3.7 million, awarded to eight organisations.

A total of $3,696,594 has been shared by the eight organisations to invest in new infrastructure to help increase recycling rates for households and businesses in NSW to 75 per cent of waste diverted from landfill, and increasing the municipal recycling rate to 70 per cent by 2021.

The Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement grants have been awarded under the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.

Along with the mattress recovery program, Albury City Council will install shredder and de-nailing pallet processing equipment at its Waste Management Centre with a $445,840 grant, in order to recover over 5,100 additional tonnes of timber from pallets each year.

Weston Aluminium was awarded $1 million to expand its facility to incinerate medical and hazardous waste, an area where there are currently very limited disposal and management options. The expansion of the facility will process 8,000 tonnes per annum of medical and hazardous waste, and divert over 90% of this from landfill.

Shoalhaven City Council was also awarded $348,754 to expand and enhance Nowra and Ulladalla’s waste management facilities operations by installing the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the processing, consolidation and transport of soft plastics, polystyrene and cardboard. Shoalhaven City Council estimates that through this project over 300 tonnes of plastics and cardboard per annum can be recovered and diverted from landfill.