Environment Minister Robyn Parker said that each year close to 1.6 million tonnes of commercial and industrial waste was sent to landfill in Sydney alone.
“It is estimated that around 70 per cent of that waste including food, paper, wood and plastics could have been reused or recycled,” Ms Parker said. “By engaging in recycling networks or implementing recycling practices onsite, businesses can save waste from ending up in landfill.”
The two grant programs are:
- $11.5 million Business Advisory Services Grants – will fund a Business Advisory Service that provides free assessments to businesses wanting to capitalise on recycling opportunities.
Grants are between $50,000 and $250,000, and open to councils, private industry, consultants or not-for-profit organisations.
Applications close 3 April 2014.
- $3.6 million Industrial Ecology Business Support Grants - will fund six Industrial Ecology Business Support Networks across the Sydney, Hunter, South East, North Coast, Inland NSW and the Murray to help small and medium businesses prevent waste going to landfill.
Grants are between $100,000 and $500,000, and are open to specialist businesses and not-for-profit organisations with experience in resource recovery. Applications close 21 March 2014.