Council seeks your opinion on recycling as industry faces crisis

Tenterfield Shire Council is joining Local Government NSW’s action to claw back more of the $300 million councils pay in waste levies each year, in a bid to establish recycling plants here rather than exporting our rubbish to uncertain markets.

As part of that campaign council is urging local residents to take part in a landmark recycling survey. LGNSW president Linda Scott said the survey was a pertinent opportunity for  Tenterfield residents to share their attitudes towards recycling and play an active role in combating the current recycling crisis enveloping NSW.

Until recently, our recycling systems have relied heavily on the export of recycling to countries that have invested in the facilities to reprocess it, such as China and Malaysia. These countries are now winding back the amount of recycling they will accept which means we urgently need to come up with a new solution for waste management here in NSW.

Survey participants will be asked a series of questions on their attitudes towards recycling, their individual recycling behaviours and their knowledge of NSW’s current recycling system.

“Council has endorsed support of the Save our Recycling campaign because across our shire we have already observed huge public support for recycling as it is a practical measure that helps the environment,” Mayor Peter Petty said.

“In addition, council is also supporting its chief executive Terry Dodds as he calls on the State Government to investigate waste-to-energy as a waste disposal alternative for waste that would otherwise end up in landfill.

“In 2017-18, the NSW Government collected $727 million in from industry, business and local government through the Waste Levy, with $300 million of that paid by councils. Currently only about 18 per cent of the $300 million paid by councils is reinvested into local recycling and waste management, with the rest disappearing into government coffers.”

Take part in the survey on council’s website www.tenterfield.nsw.gov.au.

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