Local Government New South Wales (LGNSW) has launched a new statewide survey to consult with residents in an attempt to head off the country’s deepening recycling crisis.
The survey, which forms part of the Save our Recycling Campaign, will seek to gauge resident’s attitudes towards recycling in combating the recycling crisis in NSW.
“Until recently, our recycling system relied heavily on the export of recycling to countries that have invested in the facilities to reprocess it, such as China and Malaysia,” LGNSW President Linda Scott said.
“These countries are now winding back the amount of recycling they will accept which means we urgently need to come up with a new solution for waste management here in NSW.”
Survey participants will be asked a series of questions on their attitudes towards recycling, their individual recycling behaviours and their knowledge of NSW’s current recycling system.
“Across NSW we have already observed huge public support for recycling because it is a practical measure that helps the environment,” Clr Scott said.
“All over the state, local residents are doing their part to recycle, whether it be checking what goes into their recycling bins, kickstarting a composting regime or being resourceful and reusing some household items.
“This survey will allow us to gain deeper insights into what motivates people to recycle and will enhance our calls on the state government to come up with a practical, long-term solution to waste management”.
In addition to behavioural and attitudinal questions, the survey also asks participants a series of questions on the NSW Government’s waste levy.
The NSW government collected $727 million in 2017-18 from industry, businesses and local government through the Waste Levy, with $300 million of that paid by councils.
“Currently, only about 18 per cent of the $300 million paid by councils to the state government is reinvested into local recycling and waste management, with the rest disappearing into government coffers,” Clr Scott said.