Port Macquarie-Hastings Council will receive $218,304 in funding from the NSW Government to improve waste and recycling performance as part of the $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, Environment Minister Rob Stokes announced today.
Rob Stokes said the funding for the $70 million dollar four-year Better Waste and Recycling Fund designed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) will support council-run waste and recycling projects in the state’s waste-levy paying area.
“This is the first year of funding under the Better Waste and Recycling Fund and totals $17.2 million across all participating councils including Port Macquarie-Hastings Council,” Rob Stokes said.
“This is in addition to the $145 million that has already opened in Waste Less, Recycle More grants since June last year to applicants including councils.
“In total NSW councils will receive $222.8 million exclusively and have access to a further $133.9 million in contestable grants, under the five year Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.”
Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie William said the funding package will make a significant contribution to improving our waste infrastructure and recycling rates.
“Today’s funding announcement is on top of the $473,065 I announced two weeks ago for Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, so they are certainly being well looked after by the Baird/Stoner Government.
“The grant will be used to support projects that reduce waste generation and improve recycling and community engagement,” Mrs Williams said.
“It can also be used to tackle litter and illegal dumping in local communities and assist us to achieve our ambitious state-wide waste and recycling targets.
“This could include council initiatives such as recycling education, bin inspections, composting programs or installing public place recycling in parks and community areas.
“It is up to each council to identify the best way to use this funding to provide enhanced waste services that will help to reduce waste to landfill and increase recycling initiatives in their local government area,” Mrs Williams said.
For more information about the $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/WasteLess.htm
Posted on 14 Wed, May, 2014
by Leslie Williams