As the illegal dumping of household goods increases under COVID restrictions, the New South Wales Government is encouraging councils, public land managers and community groups to apply for grants to tackle the problem in their local area. Councils have until July 17 to apply for the grants which are a part of the NSW Combating Illegal Dumping Clean-up and Prevention program.
$6.7 million to projects to combat illegal dumping has already been awarded since the program commenced.
Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) executive director, circular economy & resource management, Sanjay Sridher said illegally dumped waste could harm our health, pollute the environment and cost millions of dollars in taxpayers money each year to clean up.
“We want to see as many applicants as possible apply for funding, with previous grants being put to great use to tackle local dumping hotspots,” Sridher said.
“This has included the installation of gates, signs, surveillance cameras and fencing to tackle illegal dumping along with the removal of thousands of tonnes of illegally dumped waste.I encourage any councils, public land managers or community groups that want to tackle an illegal dumping problem in their area to visit the website and apply for one of these grants.
“The grant program is funded under the Waste Less Recycle More initiative, administered by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment. The grants can be used by councils, public land managers and community groups to implement prevention and clean-up action on publicly managed land or to establish illegal dumping baseline data,” Sridher explained.
Applicants are able to apply for funding under three streams;
- Option 1
- $50,000 – $120,000 for councils and public land managers to carry out illegal dumping clean-up and prevention projects.
- Option 2
- Up to $20,000 for councils and public land managers to establish illegal dumping baseline data.
- Option 3
- Up to $50,000 for illegal dumping clean-up and prevention community partnerships.