$36,000 grant to target litter hotspots

Roadside litter collected around KillcareRoadside litter collected around Killcare

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast, Mr Scot MacDonald MLC, and Member for Terrigal, Mr Adam Crouch, have announced that Central Coast Council had been awarded a $36,000 grant from the NSW Liberal-National Government to deliver projects targeting litter hotspots.

The grants have been awarded under the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s ‘Waste Less, Recycle More’, initiative. Central Coast Council was one of 18 projects successful in accessing funding under Round 4 of the Litter Prevention Grants program. A total of $1.18m was awarded in this round, to projects that will target local litter hotspots and work to improve community behaviour when it comes to doing the right thing. The project aims to reduce roadside litter along key Central Coast arterial roads.

The project will target regular commuters using localised roadside banners, promotion of the ‘Report to EPA’ littering from vehicles program, and a broader education campaign. In-car dash-cams will be installed in ranger vehicles to enforce roadside littering. In-car tidy bags will be provided to commuters and distributed through local business and service stations, to encourage people to take their rubbish with them. “Through the Litter Prevention grants, the NSW Government is working with councils to tackle litter at a local level”, Mr MacDonald said.

“These grants support councils to run programs that assist with litter clean-ups, and community education. “We all know what it means to do the right thing when it comes litter, but these grants will help ensure that we put that awareness into action. “I’m so pleased that through this funding, the State Liberal Government can work together with Council to improve our local environment, especially along our beautiful coastline”, Mr Crouch said.

Source: Media release, Mar 7 Kit Hale, Office of Scot MacDonald MLC