Environment Minister Rob Stokes and Member for Lismore Thomas George were at Lismore South Public School today to demonstrate the NSW Government’s planned Container Deposit Scheme, and announce $450,000 to expand organics recycling operations in Lismore.

Mr George said the scheme will use reverse vending machines, similar to the one set up at the school today, to give an incentive to the community to properly dispose of drink containers.

“The Baird Government’s proposed Container Deposit Scheme will help our local community tackle litter that clogs up our public spaces, parks and waterways,” Mr George said.

“I am proud that, if re-elected, the Nationals will make this scheme a reality.

“And to further help our community deal with waste, the Baird-Grant Government is providing a $350,000 Waste Less, Recycle More grant to upgrade the organics recycling facility at Lismore Recycling and Recovery Centre.

“This project will allow an extra 4,600 tonnes of food and organic waste to be processed every year, keeping organic waste from taking up space in landfill and increasing the amount of this waste that can be recycled.

“There will also be $100,000 to install bins in parks and sporting facilities around the city to reduce litter and increase recycling. The project is jointly funded by the Baird Government and the Australian Packaging Covenant.

“I am pleased the Baird Government is supporting these initiatives to benefit our local community and environment.”

Mr Stokes said the Baird Government was determined to tackle waste and make NSW the least littered state.

“We are serious about tackling litter, reducing waste and increasing recycling rates,” Mr Stokes said.

“If re-elected this weekend, the Baird Government will introduce a Container Deposit Scheme so members of the public will receive an incentive when they dispose of drink containers in one of our reverse vending machines.

“Projects to deal with litter and organic waste like those here in Lismore are also examples of how the Baird Government and the community can work together to improve waste infrastructure and reduce environmental impacts from waste.

“Both of these initiatives will contribute to our aim to divert 75 per cent of all waste from landfill by 2021.”

Other successful grants in the Lismore Electorate include:

More information about Waste Less Recycle More and the Organics Infrastructure grant program is available here: http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/waste/WasteLess.htm

Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 1800 336 166 or 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403  Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Authorised by Thomas George MP. Funded using Parliamentary entitlements.