The NSW Environment Protection Agency is seeking public comment on the Draft NSW Waste and Resource Recovery Infrastructure Strategy 2017-2021. The Strategy has been designed to account for the State’s anticipated population of 8.2 million by 2021 and the associated increase in waste to 20 million tonnes. Targets have been set to divert 75 per cent of waste from landfill by 2021. The targets are supported by residential, government and industry grants aimed at localised efforts to divert waste.
Diversions from waste have economic, social and environmental benefits. Diversion initiatives create jobs, with EPA finding current targets would equate to the creation of 1 590 jobs. Further, waste diversions limit the release of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere, equivalent to over half a million cars being removed from the road. Huge reductions in energy and water consumption are also positive outcomes if diversion targets are met. Public comment via submission can be made here.
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