The Save our Recycling campaign is the Local Government of NSW association's call for a new state-wide approach to recycling which will allow a unified way to collect, process and reuse recyclable material here in NSW.
LGNSW President Linda Scott said the campaign is a good opportunity for local North Sydney residents to share their attitudes towards recycling and play an active role in combating the current recycling crisis in NSW. She said,
"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,” Clr 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.
Across North Sydney we have already observed huge public support for recycling because it is a practical measure that helps the environment,” Clr Scott said.
"Local residents in North Sydney 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.
We are gaining 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,” said Ms Scott.
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% 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,” said Ms Scott.
“It's a really important opportunity for local North Sydney residents to have their say on recycling and to help shape the future of recycling in NSW,” said Ms Scott.
Visit the save our Recycling campaign website now - https://saveourrecycling.com.au/
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