$11 million to boost recycling in NSW
The Federal and NSW Labor governments are co-investing $11 million to transform the recycling industry in NSW.
Nine new projects will create almost 100 jobs and improve recycling infrastructure across metropolitan and regional NSW.
The projects boost NSW’s ability to remanufacture plastic, paper, cardboard and tyres and will increase waste processing capacity by more than 20,000 tonnes each year.
The funding round has been strongly supported by industry which will contribute an additional $18.5 million to these important projects.
All Australian environment ministers have committed to working with industry to design out waste and pollution, keep materials in use, and foster markets for a circular economy by 2030.
Federal Minister for the Environment and Water Tanya Plibersek MP said:
“Labor wants to see a circular economy in Australia – more local jobs to support recycling, and less waste going to landfill.
“We know that for every 1 job in landfill there are 3 jobs in recycling. Every bit of rubbish that ends up in landfill is a missed opportunity.
“We also know people want to do the right thing and recycle their waste. This funding is supporting new recycling infrastructure as well as helping regional communities in NSW recycle more of their waste.
“We want to better protect nature and reverse decline for our kids and grandkids – and that takes all levels of government working together.”
NSW Minister for the Environment, Energy, Climate Change and Heritage Penny Sharpe MLC said:
“The 9 businesses receiving this support are playing an instrumental role in our transition to a circular economy.
“These industry leaders will allow NSW to recycle more waste and use less plastic.
“It’s not only a win for the NSW recycling industry but for our economy, creating almost 100 jobs.
“The NSW Government is committed to reducing plastic waste to protect our natural environment and reduce harm to our marine animals.”
Read more about the Recycling Modernisation Fund at the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water.
Read more about Remanufacture NSW at NSW Environment and Heritage.