NSW opposition pledges recycling support

The New South Wales Labor opposition has pledged to reinvest revenue generated from the state’s waste levy into supporting the state’s recycling infrastructure.

Labor unveiled its flagship $140 million Circular Economy and Jobs Investment Fund that it claims will significantly bolster the state’s onshore recycling capacity.

The announcement was welcomed by Local Government New South Wales (LGNSW), which has been calling for 100% of the revenue generated from the levy to be injected into the recycling sector.

“Now it’s time for the Liberal government to come to the table and explain what they are going to do about the recycling crisis and the waste levy if elected,” said Linda Scott, President of Local Government NSW.

“In particular, we welcome Labor’s proposed Circular Economy Job Creation Investment Fund, which will allocate $140 million in funding towards local recycling facilities, supporting the growth of the recycling industry in regional and rural areas, innovation and increasing community-based waste reduction initiatives.

“Labor’s new policy takes a collaborative approach to tacking the recycling crisis and we welcome the proposed Recycling, Resource Recovery and Waste Council which will enable local governments to provide advice to the Minister for the Environment."