Council secures dual waste grants

12 June, 2014Posted in: Environment
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Wingecarribee Shire Council is set to establish a community recycling scheme and roll out a waste education campaign after successfully obtaining two waste grants from the NSW State Government.

The first part of the grant will see a community recycling facility erected at Council’s Resource Recovery Centre (RRC) designed to encourage the responsible disposal of problem wastes.

Stage two of the grant funding will go towards the establishment of a kerbside waste education campaign.

Council’s Business Services Coordinator Scott McAllan explained the importance of the grants.

“In total we’ve received over $280,000 in funding that will go directly towards improving our waste services,” Mr McAllan said.

“Once up and running, the community recycling facility at the RRC will enable residents to drop off many of those everyday household items that are difficult to dispose of,” he said.  “This may include fluorescent tubes, light globes and polystyrene.”

It is anticipated the Community Recycling Centre will be established within 18 months.

“The other component of the funding will go towards establishing a waste education program,” Mr McAllan added.

“In particular, we’re looking at visiting local schools and teaching the children about home composting and what can and can’t go into their household bins.

“Because ultimately, we all want to create less waste and ensure we leave our Shire as pristine as possible for future generations to enjoy.”

Council’s waste grant funding was made possible via the State Government’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative.  The $465.7 million scheme was launched in February 2013 in response to the findings of the independent review of the waste levy.

The Waste Less Recycle More initiative is supported via the Environmental Trust and Environmental Protection Authority (EPA).

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Council’s Resource Recovery Centre is located at 177 Berrima Road, Moss Vale.