Local Government New South Wales has welcomed the Federal Government’s progress on a new National Waste Policy, saying that the move represents a good start on long-term solutions for the recycling shortfall generated by China’s changing stance on accepting foreign waste and recycling matter.
LGNSW President Linda Scott said draft targets to reduce total waste by 10% per capita and divert 80% from landfill were important first steps in developing a comprehensive approach to a growing problem of how to grow recycling.
“Our communities have been very clear – recycling must continue to grow in NSW," Clr Scott said.
"NSW local governments have been working closely with our state and federal counterparts to develop home-grown solutions to the China National Sword recycling crisis.
“National recycling targets are an important first step. In our work with the federal government on behalf of NSW Councils, LGNSW will continue to push for the application of tax levers and other steps towards a sustainable, circular economy.
“Local governments need a concrete funding commitment to turn the waste crisis into an opportunity to increase recycling.
“LGNSW has consistently argued state-based solutions could be funded via the Waste Levy.
“The NSW Government collected $727 million in waste levies in 2017/18, yet only 18% of the waste levies paid by local government are returned to local government.”