Hunter Councils has received an $80,000 NSW Government grant for a litter reduction program, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.
The funding if will go towards a clean-up and awareness campaign for arterial roads, targeting roadside litter thrown from vehicles.
It will establish partnerships with RMS and centre management and businesses at highway service centres, located at the junction between highways and arterial roads leading to towns.
Roadside litter clean-ups will be undertaken and litter counts undertaken at selected monitoring sites. Signage will be installed on the arterial roads, and a range of educational litter prevention activities will be undertaken at the service centres.
The NSW Government’s Litter Regional Implementation Program offers funding to the state’s 14 waste groups to support their member councils to work regionally to tackle litter problems unique to their communities.
Hunter Councils was one of nine Regional Waste Groups awarded a grant under the Litter-Regional Implementation Program.
“From roadsides to parks, takeaway containers to drink bottle rubbish, these grants will help combat litter from all angles,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The NSW Government’s goal is to reduce litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020 and these grants will help Regional Waste Groups and their member councils cut the amount of litter on their streets, in their parks and waterways.”
This grant program will help Regional Waste Groups and their member councils to tackle litter by identifying hotspots, running education campaigns, and organising clean-ups.
More information about the Litter Regional Implementation Program grants is available at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/wastegrants/council-litter.htm.