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Nsw Government Provides Penrith Council with $448,474 for Waste Reduction and Recycling Programs

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Stuart Ayres MP, Member for Penrith welcomes the announcement that Penrith Council will receive $448,474 in funding from the NSW Government to improve waste and recycling performance as part of the $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.


Rob Stokes, Minister for the Environment 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 Penrith,” 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.”


Stuart Ayres said the funding package will make a significant contribution to improving our waste infrastructure and recycling rates.


“The grant will be used to support projects that reduce waste generation and improve recycling and community engagement,” Stuart Ayres 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.”


Penrith Councillor, Bernard Bratusa said this is an excellent initiative by the NSW government which will assist Penrith City Council in planning its future strategies to reduce waste and increase recycling.


“As a Regional City and a major growth region within Western Sydney, Penrith has an important role to play in achieving a sustainable community.


“The funds announced by Minister Stokes and Stuart Ayres are greatly appreciated and will be targeted to deliver positive outcomes for the people of Penrith and St Marys,” Councillor Bratusa added.


For more information about the $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, visit: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/WasteLess.htm

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