Tuesday, 28 April 2015 13:36

Western Sydney councils win Betty Award for asbestos campaign

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Western Sydney councils have picked up a Betty Award for their contribution to community education during Asbestos Awareness Month, November 2014.

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) won Best Asbestos Awareness Month Campaigner in the Government Department or Organisation category, recognising the success of the Western Sydney Residential Asbestos Disposal Scheme (WSRADS).

Working in conjunction with WSROC, participating councils promoted asbestos safety and encouraged correct disposal by offering residents the opportunity to register for a free asbestos pick-up event.

These events saw each council work with licenced asbestos contractor to collect and dispose of small amounts of asbestos from residents’ homes. The aim of these events was to raise awareness of safe disposal, but also to discourage improper disposal by taking away the barrier of cost.

WSRADS continues in 2015 with a residential rebate scheme to assist home renovators with the costs of safe asbestos disposal.

Councils participating in the WSRADS program include: Blacktown (lead council), FairfieldHawkesburyThe HillsHolroydLiverpoolParramatta and Penrith.

Holroyd City Council received special commendation for being one of the most active campaigners during the month of November, while Parramatta City Council received an honourable mention for their campaign.

The Betty Awards are run by the Asbestos Education Committee (AEC) in partnership with the Asbestos Diseases Research Institute (ADRI)

Eight Western Sydney councils are participating in the scheme including: BlacktownFairfieldHawkesburyThe HillsHolroydLiverpoolParramatta and Penrith.

This project is a NSW EPA Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the waste levy.

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For more information:

Media release: WSRADS scheme rewards renovators who do the right thing

Media release: Landmark asbestos clean-up

News story: WSRADS hits the ground running


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