337 Million waste boost for EPA
This takes the total program funding to $802 million over nine years, to 2021.
Extended funding includes $168 million Waste and Recycling Infrastructure package, as well as:
- $70 million for local government waste and resource recovery
- $65 million for illegal dumping
- $30 million to tackle litter
- $4 million for waste management in Aboriginal communities
- $4 million for the Heads of Asbestos Coordination Authorities program
Already in the first four years the EPA has funded 1,000 projects that are expected to process 2.2 million tonnes of waste and create an additional 845 jobs.
The EPA is also pushing ahead with the rollout of the Container Deposit Scheme in 2017.
Invitations to pre-qualify have recently closed for the Scheme Coordinator and network operators, and the draft Regulation is on public exhibition until today.
The first meeting of the Minister’s Advisory Council took place in early December, bringing together representatives from the beverage industry, state and local government, environment, resource recovery, logistics, community engagement and regional and legal expertise to provide the Minister with advice on the Scheme.
The Container Deposit Scheme is NSW’s largest anti-littering initiative and will present a great opportunity for everybody to keep our environment clean and earn a reward for doing so.
For more information about Waste Less Recycle More and the latest on the container deposit scheme visit the EPA's website.