NSW EPA Awards 2 Industrial Ecology Grants to RRA

SOURCE: NSW EPA Media release: 18 July 2014

"$1.6 million boost for new business recycling networks"

The NSW Environment Protection Agency (EPA) has awarded $1.6 million from the Waste Less, Recycle More initiative to help establish six new recycling networks in the Sydney, Hunter, South East, North Coast, Inland and Murray regions of NSW.

EPA Director of Waste and Resource Recovery Steve Beaman said the Industrial Ecology Business Network grants will fund six organisations to establish regional networks bringing medium-large businesses together to identify new ways to recycle their waste.

“These networks will help companies recycle their waste product among themselves by identifying one person’s waste as another’s raw resource rather than sending it to landfill,” Mr Beaman said.

“That could include recovering food manufacturing waste for reuse or finding ways to recycle the metals, timber and glass from office fit-outs.

"It is estimated that up to 70 per cent of waste that businesses send to landfill could be recycled, saving money in disposal costs, making better use of valuable resources and helping the environment.

“There is a huge untapped potential for businesses to improve recycling in NSW and this funding is very much targeted at making it as easy as possible for businesses to do that.”

The successful organisations and network regions are:

  • $283,000 - Edge Environment Pty Ltd, Sydney Metropolitan

  • $353,000 - WildBlue Global Consulting, Central Coast, Newcastle, Hunter

  • $362,225 - Resource Recovery Australia, Wollongong, South East, South Coast

  • $270,600 - Resource Recovery Australia, Mid-North Coast, Richmond, Tweed

  • $233,140 - Skillset, Central West, North West, Northern

  • $122,000 - Mike Ritchie and Associates, Murray, Murrumbidgee

“Over the next few months these six organisations will be contacting businesses that may have a large amount of a particular waste to explore opportunities and potential for reuse with other businesses,” Mr Beaman said.

“This is an exciting new area of waste management and resource recovery which benefits the business bottom line, turns waste into a resource and supports our ultimate goal of keeping waste out of landfill.

“I look forward to seeing these new Industrial Ecology networks up and running.”

The NSW Government’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative is a five year $465.7 million package to transform waste and recycling in NSW. It includes funding for food and garden waste collections, market development, managing problem wastes, new waste infrastructure, local councils and programs to tackle illegal dumping and litter.

For more information about the Industrial Ecology Network Grants and WLRM visit the EPA website here: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/IEBSNgrants.htm