Friday, 15 March 2019 10:51

Only 8 per cent of waste levy returned to Western Sydney

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The Western Sydney Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has called on the NSW Government to return waste levy money collected in Western Sydney back to the region.

WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert said “Each year councils pay the NSW Government a significant levy on waste sent to landfill. The aim of the levy is admirable – to discourage landfill and encourage recycling and reuse – however, only a small percentage is actually used for this purpose.

“Of the $255 million the NSW Government collected from Greater Western Sydney1 councils in the last five years, just $20 million has been returned. That’s a $234 million gap. “In the current climate, this is completely unacceptable. Sydney is growing at a rampant pace, which is straining both council services and existing waste processing infrastructure run by the private sector,” said Cr Calvert.

“The NSW Government should be using waste levy money for the purpose it was collected – to promote a more sustainable waste sector. 


“Critical to this is improving recycling and resource recovery in Western Sydney; a region that processes the majority of waste across Greater Sydney,” he said.

“We should be seeing $234 million invested in helping councils adapt to the new market conditions caused by the China Sword Policy, investing in the development of local recycling markets and waste processing infrastructure, and implementing measures to reduce waste generation,” said Cr Calvert.

“Where has this money gone?”

“It is true that all levels of government have a role to play in improving our waste and recycling industries, however the NSW Government is not addressing this situation with the resources it has available,” he said.

1 Greater Western Sydney councils include: Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Camden, Campbelltown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Lithgow, Liverpool, Parramatta, Penrith and Wollondilly.


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