Stuart Ayres, Member for Penrith announced today that Penrith City Council will receive a $50,000 NSW Government grant to help combat illegal dumping.
Penrith City Council’s project was one of 19 awarded a grant under the NSW Government’s third round of the Combating Illegal Dumping Clean-up and Prevention Grants Program.
“This program is part of the Government’s commitment to prevent illegal dumping,” Stuart Ayres said.
“Council’s project will target dumping of bulky household waste around multi-unit dwellings (MUDS).”
The grants program is funded under the NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, which includes funding for business recycling, market development, managing problem wastes, new waste infrastructure, councils and programs to tackle illegal dumping and litter.
Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the Government had committed $58 million over five years to tackle illegal dumping across NSW.
“This program makes a difference for councils and community groups by helping them target illegal dumping hotspots,” Mr Speakman said.
The EPA has also recently released a centralised database RIDonline (Reporting Illegal Dumping online) designed to support public land managers to compile and analyse illegal dumping data across the state. The database will help identify trends in order to develop strategies to prevent illegal dumping.
NSW has the toughest penalties in the nation for illegal dumping offences, with fines of up to a million dollars for individuals and $5 million for corporations.
More information about Waste Less Recycle More grants is available at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/combat-illegal-dump.htm