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Local councils working together

Regional collaboration between local councils is critical to improving waste management and resource recovery in NSW.

The NSW Government’s plan, NSW 2021: A plan to make NSW number one, sets ambitious targets to increase recycling and reduce litter and illegal dumping across NSW.

There are some key challenges to making NSW more resource-efficient, including the need to invest in waste and recycling infrastructure. The NSW Government has responded to this critical infrastructure need by refocusing waste levy funding on long-term strategic programs under the $465.7-million Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative. This funding program includes a $250-million waste and recycling infrastructure package to drive investment in NSW.

Regional collaboration between local councils is critical to meet the Waste Less, Recycle More Initiative objectives. For this reason, the initiative includes $22 million to support regional collaboration, regional waste strategies and infrastructure planning over five years.

More information


EPA Waste and Resource Recovery Regional Delivery Team
Phone: (02) 9995 5000

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Page last updated: 10 March 2015