Wasting Less, Recycling More in National Recycling Week

The community is being urged to double down on their recycling efforts this week to mark National Recycling Week.

Member for Cootamundra Steph Cooke said the theme of this year’s National Recycling Week is ‘Waste isn’t Waste until it’s Wasted’.

“This is an important week because it helps remind us about how we can each waste less and recycle more in our daily lives,” Ms Cooke said.

“For example, if you’re not already turning trash into treasure through our Return and Earn scheme, I encourage you to start collecting your bottles and taking them to a local drop-off point to get your refund and give those containers a new life,”

“Since 2017, more than eight billion containers have been returned, delivering $800 million in refunds to the people of NSW, more than $35 million in donations to community groups and charities, and helping us reduce drink container litter by a massive 52 per cent,”

“Perhaps you can recycle your soft plastics by collecting them and dropping them into a soft plastic recycling bin at your supermarket.”

“And if you have waste that you don’t know what to do with – like batteries, chemicals or paint – get in touch with your local Community Recycling Centre, where they’ll take it off your hands for free and recycle it correctly.”

Bland Community Recycling Centre – Racecourse Road, West Wyalong

Cowra Community Recycling Centre – 236 Glen Logan Road, Cowra

Coolamon Community Recycling Centre – 102 Dyces Lane, Coolamon

Cootamundra Community Recycling Centre – Turners Lane, Cootamundra

Junee Community Recycling Centre – Kahmoo Lane, Junee

Temora Community Recycling Centre – Teal Street, Temora

Waste Less Recycle More ran from 2012 until 2022 and the NSW Government’s new $356 million Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy is tackling plastic waste, boosting infrastructure investment, lowering carbon emissions and protecting the community from waste pollution.

Grant funding opportunities under the Waste and Sustainable Materials Strategy are available on the EPA Grants Calendar: https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants. To find out more about your nearest Community Recycling Centre, visit https://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/your-environment/recycling-and-reuse/household-recycling-overview/community-recycling-centres

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