Judy Edwards

Judy Edwards

Former Minister for the Environment; Science

    Edwards announces $1.2million in recycling rebates for councils

    10/10/2005 12:00 AM
     
    10/10/05

    Environment Minister Judy Edwards today approved $1.2million in recycling rebates for local councils in the latest round of payments under State Government’s resource recovery rebate scheme.

    “These payments are linked to the achievement of targets for reducing waste to landfill and are designed to support local and State authorities which provide recycling services to the community,” Dr Edwards said.

    “The grants are based on claims submitted by local councils every six months, but the amount of the payment depends on the effectiveness of their programs in recovering resources from waste.”

    The Minister said in this round of recycling rebates, more than 140,175 tonnes of material were recycled and reused. This was 22,000 tonnes more than had been recycled under the last round of payments.

    A total of 76 councils submitted claims, seven more than the number in the last round of payments. This indicates more councils are taking part in recycling programs eligible for rebates under the scheme.

    The latest payments round brought to almost $12.8million the amount that had been given to local councils to help reduce disposal of waste to landfill since the fund’s inception in 1998.

    The Waste Management and Recycling Fund, from which the rebates are paid, is drawn from a levy on waste disposed to landfill.

    Dr Edwards said the State Government was committed to recovering resources from waste and recognised the importance of implementing changes to the fund and levy to best achieve this result. The rebate scheme was currently being reviewed and any changes made would be monitored for their effectiveness on an ongoing basis.

    Minister's office: 9220 5050