WSROC demands more levy funding

The Western Sydney Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has demanded that the state government return more waste levy money collected in Western Sydney to the region.

WSROC’s President, Cr Barry Calvert, urged the state government to do more to ensure funding allows for more recycling and resource recovery.

“Of the $255 million the NSW Government collected from Greater Western Sydney1 councils in the last five years, just $20 million has been returned. That’s a $234 million gap.

“In the current climate, this is completely unacceptable. Sydney is growing at a rampant pace, which is straining both council services and existing waste processing infrastructure run by the private sector,” said Cr Calvert.

“We should be seeing $234 million invested in helping councils adapt to the new market conditions caused by the China Sword Policy, investing in the development of local recycling markets and waste processing infrastructure, and implementing measures to reduce waste generation.”

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