Gosford City Council will receive $412,347.25 in funding from the NSW Government to improve waste and recycling performance as part of the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
Environment Minister Mr Rob Stokes, who was also recently announced Minister for the Central Coast, said the funding for the $70 million dollar four-year Better Waste and Recycling Fund designed by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) would 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 Gosford City Council,” Mr 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 Gosford Mr Chris Holstein said the funding package would 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,” Mr Holstein 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 land fill and increase recycling initiatives in their local government area.”
16 May 2014
Chris Holstein, Member