The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has entered into a Partnership Agreement with NACRO for the development of a suite of tender documents for waste and recycling management services under a Weight Based Billing system. NACRO estimates that NSW members may save up to $1.5 million annually through this project.

The benefits of a Weight Based Billing system include cost savings for charitable recycling organisations, a direct price signal to reduce waste-to-landfill and billing transparency and accountability through the supply chain.

All NACRO NSW Members are encouraged to attend the members meeting for a full briefing and details on how this will assist their operations, save them money and enable them to better access the Community Service Exemption.

This project is a NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment, Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded by the waste levy.

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has released a new application for the Community Service Exemption from the NSW Waste Levy.

A downloadable PDF called ‘Community Service Exemption Guidelines – Completing an Application’ is now available to help applicants navigate the new application and can be found here.

There is no change to how charities claim the exemption.  The only change is the application and application process.

Please click here to access the online application form.

For further information about Community Service Exemption from the Waste Levy please click here.

Illegal dumping grant applications are now open and close on 5pm 30 October 2018. The NSW EPA is seeking expressions of interest (EOIs) from community groups on projects that identify local illegal dumping hotspots and have planned clean-up and prevention action. This is the sixth of eight funding rounds under the Combating Illegal Dumping: Clean-up and Prevention Program, with $500,000 available in funding, and will favour projects that focus on an integrated approach to prevent illegal dumping in their area and reduce illegal dumping by 30% at dumping hotspots.

For more, read on.

The EPA NSW’s Product Improvement Program is open to applications, with individual grants of $50,000 to $1 million available.

The program supports co-investment in infrastructure projects that aim to improve the quality of recycled materials,  reduce the amount of unrecyclable material left at the end of the process, increase the amount of waste materials recycled, and increase capacity to recover and reprocess waste materials (with priority given to mixed paper/cardboard, plastics and glass).

Round 1 will close at 5pm on Thursday 23 August 2018.

More information is available on the EPA website.

Vinnies NSW has launched a second Bulk Container Deposit Centre as part of the state’s container deposit scheme. The Unanderra facility can process up to 100,000 containers per day, and complements existing over-the-counter sites and reverse vending machines with an efficient way to process large volumes of eligible containers.

Container deposit refunds can be received on-the-spot, and are available to consumers, community groups, charities, social enterprises and businesses bringing in containers.

For more, check out the Vinnies NSW website.

The NSW Government is committed to reducing all types of illegal dumping across the state by 30% by 2020. This includes the illegal dumping on charities. The strategy has six approaches: Building an evidence base, stakeholder engagement and capacity building, education and awareness, prevention and infrastructure, regulation and enforcement, and evaluation and monitoring.

View the report here.