Tuesday, 26 February 2019 10:43

WSROC wins grant to tackle food and beverage litter

Recycling Bin located at Richmond Park Recycling Bin located at Richmond Park

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has been awarded a $85,000 NSW EPA grant to target food and drink packaging littered in community parks and carparks across Western Sydney.

Awarded under Stage 4 of the NSW EPA Litter Regional Implementation Program (LRIP) Grants, the project seeks to encourage proper disposal of food and beverage packaging across the region by increasing community awareness of litter impacts and improving access to bin infrastructure in litter hotspots. 

The program will see new litter bins installed at priority locations identified by councils and will be complimented by floor stencils and signs to improve bin visibility. Community members will be engaged through a combination of bilingual educators, educational street performers, and an enforcement blitz. 

WSROC President Cr Barry Calvert said “This litter program was developed in collaboration with participating councils to meet the objectives of the Western Sydney Regional Litter Plan 2016 – 2021.  

“The EPA funding was open to regional groups of councils and we are pleased to note that WSROC has received the maximum grant funding possible for this application,” he said.

“WSROC has been successful in obtaining funding under each stage of the LRIP grant stream, bringing the total grant funding received for regional litter projects to $392,983.

“This is a testament to the ability of Western Sydney councils to work collectively for region-wide outcomes, and our outstanding track record in delivering results on regional programs,” he said.

Blacktown, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith City Councils have elected to participate in the program.

 

Previous regional litter programs:

Roadside litter 2017

Between March and June 2017, WSROC councils ran a campaign targeting littering from vehicles along major roads in Western Sydney. In partnership with the NSW EPA and RMS, WSROC councils used a combination of billboards, bus backs, media stories and social media to raise awareness that littering from vehicles attracts fines of up to $900 and that anyone can report littering from vehicles via the Report to EPA website.

Over the course of three months the campaign reached over two million road users and produced a 36 per cent reduction in litter on Western Sydney’s main roads (with reductions of up to 100 per cent achieved at key sites, including the Great Western Highway).

Participating councils: Blacktown, Blue Mountains, Cumberland, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Fairfield, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

 

Bin Your Butts program 2018

In 2018, WSROC councils ran a program tackling cigarette butt litter in shopping strips. The Bin Your Butts program was part of ongoing efforts to tackle Western Sydney’s $14 million per year litter clean-up bill.

Run between March and September 2018, Bin Your Butts included the installation of 16 new cigarette butt bins, as well as a range of community education and enforcement activities. The program achieved a 46 percent reduction in cigarette litter (by count) across key Western Sydney shopping strips.

 

Participating councils: Blacktown, Cumberland, Fairfield, Hawkesbury, The Hills, Liverpool, Parramatta and Penrith.

 

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

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