Local Government New South Wales (LGNSW) has launched its new flagship recycling campaign aimed at reversing the worsening recycling crises throughout the state.
The Save Our Recycling Campaign was launched at the state’s local government annual conference in Albury, and calls on the State Government to re-invest the entire $727 million it collects from the waste levy each year in waste management and recycling.
LGNSW President Linda Scott said it was critical that NSW develop its on-shore processing capacity for recycled materials, rather than shipping waste to countries such as China.
“NSW urgently needs a meaningful state-wide approach to collect, process and reuse recyclable material,” she said.
“Offshore processing of waste was never a good long-term option for NSW and our communities expect more.
“China’s tighter restrictions on what type of waste it will accept has brought the opportunity for a new approach into stark relief.”
Clr Scott said the crisis offered a real opportunity to create a circular economy by reusing more of our own waste, with the added potential of job creation in a modern, smart, homegrown environmental and recycling industry.
“Councils in NSW are already seeking support to develop markets for recycled glass, paper and plastics; working proactively to improve the quality of what’s in the recycling bin, and reducing recycling contamination levels,” she said.