The South Australian Government has announced a new $12 million ‘recycling transition package’ aimed at boosting recycling and resource recovery across the state.
In announced the new package, Sate Minister for the Environment David Speirs said that the funding will be delivered through the Waste and Resource Recovery Modernization and Council Transition package.
“This funding package will lead to less waste sent to landfill, a reduction in emissions, and will also provide vital stimulus to our world-leading waste management and resource recovery sector, leading to more than 200 jobs here in South Australia,” said Mr Speirs.
“We know that landfill is one of the most significant contributors to greenhouse gas emissions that are incredibly harmful to our climate and that councils and industry need to have the tools to divert more for resource recovery and continue moving South Australia towards a truly circular economy.
Of the $12 million waste management package, $10 million will be provided through Green Industries SA:
Of which $5.5 million will be provided to councils and industry to upgrade and standardise waste collection and recycling services as well as expand education aimed at improving recycling knowledge in the community.
$4 million of grant funding will be available to councils and industry to enable investment in modern infrastructure to improve processing which will increase efficiency and boost jobs.
$500,000 will be available to help local governments implement new waste management strategies
“Through better collection systems, infrastructure and education, by 2020 we want to see a 35 per cent reduction in waste to landfill on 2003 numbers,” Mr Speirs said.
“China’s National Sword Policy has provided the industry with a challenge but this funding package on top of support already provided in last year’s State Budget will help modernise and transition our resource recovery sector.”