Deniliquin Council will explore funding opportunities after it was called on to reintroduce recycling.TYLA HARRINGTON January 31, 2014 4:25am
Deniliquin Council says it will ‘‘probably’’ apply for funding that could allow it to implement a recycling service.
Several Deniliquin people have recently called on council to reintroduce recycling.
Council says it would come at a cost likely to be covered by increased rates, although the NSW Government’s $465.7 million Waste Less, Recycle More initiative could assist.
Deniliquin Council general manager Des Bilske said while ratepayers would not pay for the establishment costs should funding become available, they would still have to pay for the service to be delivered.
Waste grants were opened in late 2013, with the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative designed to drive down waste to landfill and increase resource recovery across NSW.
It is the first significant round of funding under the initiative and allows successful applicants to undertake a range of waste and recycling programs.
This could include establishing new community recycling centres, new or enhanced recycling infrastructure, new household kerbside organic collection services, cleaning up illegal dumping hotspots and education programs to reduce food waste.
Mr Bilske said council would need to research the grants on offer and see whether applying was ‘‘worthwhile’’.
‘‘It’s just a matter of working out how we meet the criteria and whether it’s worthwhile,’’ Mr Bilske said.
‘‘There’s no point spending all that time on an application if it does not meet the criteria.
‘‘If we did receive funding there would still be a charge to ratepayers.’’
Mr Bilske said priorities for council depended on what funding was available.
‘‘It’s always good to have a recycling system but it’s about what the cost and whether or not the ratepayers want it,’’ he said.
Member for Murray-Darling John Williams is encouraging local councils, businesses, and community groups to take advantage of the millions of dollars available in waste grants before the closing date in February.
Environment Minister Robyn Parker said the NSW Government had committed $465.7 million in waste funding up until 2017 to support improvements and developments to NSW waste and recycling services and infrastructure.
Grants closing on February 3, 2014:
Grants closing on February 28, 2014:
The ‘combating illegal dumping: clean up and prevention’ grant is managed by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA), all other grants are managed jointly by the EPA and the NSW Environmental Trust.
For more information go to www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/wasteless.
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