Funding To Tackle Illegal Dumping

Funding To Tackle Illegal Dumping

More than $150,000 has been awarded to reduce the amount of illegal dumping in the Hastings, Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams announced today.

The Clean-up and Prevention Program is funded under the NSW Government’s $337 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative to help councils and other public land managers to reduce illegal dumping.

Mrs Williams said, “Port Macquarie-Hastings Council has been awarded $147,560 to work with land managers and regional waste groups to reduce illegal dumping and to help fund the clean up dumping hot-spots.

“Mid Coast Care which operates two Hope Shops in Port Macquarie has been granted $3,532 to install surveillance cameras and new lighting.

“Nearly one third of items left at charity bins cannot be reused or recycled, leaving charities out of pocket,” Mrs Williams said.

The grants program aims to help charities tackle this illegal dumping by providing funding to install surveillance equipment, lighting, signage and other equipment to help deter dumpers.

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said this grants program was an important part of the state’s push to clean up and prevent illegal dumping.

“The NSW Government’s commitment is clear – we want to reduce the rate of dumping and help keep our environment clear of rubbish,” Ms Upton said.

For more information about the NSW Government’s Clean Up and Prevention Program grants, visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/combat-illegal-dump.htm

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