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Don’t be a dumper – Action Plan to tackle charity dumping
The NSW Government is taking a stand on illegal dumping at charity bins and shopfronts with the publication of the new Reducing Illegal Dumping on Charitable Recyclers Action Plan
NSW charities are often left with costly clean-up bills when donated items are either unsuitable for sale or are left outside donation bins or shopfronts, where they can be destroyed by bad weather or vandals.
“For a donation to count, it needs to be a good quality item that is not stained, damaged or broken. A good rule of thumb is if you wouldn’t give it to a mate, don’t donate it,” Carmen Dwyer, EPA Executive Director Waste Operations, said.
EPA connects with community at major events
The EPA promoted environmental protection and partnerships at several events and forums over the past month. The contaminated land and waste teams set up stands at the Local Government NSW Conference at Warwick Farm and the popular Sydney Home Show at Darling Harbour. Information on safety around lead and asbestos and NSW Government’s waste management initiatives were hot topics.
The EPA and partner Love Food Hate Waste team also sponsored the Australian Association of Environment Education NSW ActiveNature conference at Kirrawee High School with over 150 delegates attending from around the state – including Silver-Logie winner, gardener and eco warrior Costa!.
In the Hunter, two events attracted interest in the EPA’s work – LivingSmart Forum on 28 September and the Biodiversity Day on 3 October which placed the spotlight on the consequences of illegal dumping, particularly on native habitat. The EPA’s latest guidelines on illegal dumping are out now and there will be more information in the next edition of EPA Connect.
Green Globe award finalists announced
Fifty finalists for the 2019 Green Globe Awards were announced in October, with winners to be announced at a gala event in late November.
The awards recognise people, projects and organisations inspiring leadership, commitment and innovation in sustainability across NSW, and are run by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE).
Community Wildlife Survey open now
DPIE’s Energy, Environment, and Science division are conducting a state-wide 2019 Community Wildlife Surveyto improve understanding of wildlife populations across NSW.
The survey will take you around 10–20 minutes to complete and asks you for information on animals you have seen in your local area and in other parts of NSW over the past two years.
For your diary
Coming up –
- National Asbestos Week 25 November – 1 December
- Green Globe Awards NSW - 27 November
- International Day of People with Disability – 3 December
- World Soil Day – 5 December