$1.1 Million To Help The Hills Shire Council Reduce Waste And Improve The Local Environment

Member for Baulkham Hills David Elliott and Member for Castle Hill Dominic Perrottet today announced that The Hills Shire Council will receive $1.1 million from the NSW Government to help them increase resource recovery, tackle waste and improve their local environment.

 “The NSW Government is helping councils to reduce waste, recycle more and cut down on illegal dumping,” Mr Elliott said.

 “Today’s announcement will help our community through supporting The Hills Shire Council to deliver more waste resources and initiatives.”

 Mr Perrottet said the announcement would help empower the local community to act against the scourge of illegal dumping.

 “The Government is committed to giving local communities the resources they need and is another boost for the environment, following the announcement of our tough new illegal dumping laws only two weeks ago.”

 Environment Minister Robyn Parker said that councils will receive the funding this month from the Environment Protection Authority as part of the Waste and Sustainability Improvement Payment program.

 “I commend local councils for the progress they have already made towards wasting less and recycling more and the improvements they have made to their local environment as a result of their participation in the WaSIP program over the past three years.”

 Ms Parker said that this year’s round of WaSIP funding will assist councils to smoothly transition to a new suite of local council programs under the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative that will commence later this year.

 “Councils will be eligible for grants under the five year $465.7 million waste and resource recovery initiative Waste Less, Recycle More which we announced earlier this year.

 “This funding package, which is the largest ever commitment to waste reduction in NSW, will allow council’s greater access to even more funding with $222 million available exclusively to councils over five years and access to $133.9 million in contestable grants.”

 “Waste Less, Recycle More will help to achieve the State’s recycling targets, stimulate investment in infrastructure and combat illegal dumping and littering.

 More information about the $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More program can be found on the EPA website here: www.environment.nsw.gov.au/waste