The NSW Government has marked National Recycling Week, by doubling a recycling rebate program for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to purchase small-scale recycling equipment.

National Recycling Week started 20 years ago to promote recycling and to educate people on ways to reduce waste.

Member for Lismore Thomas George is calling for small and medium sized businesses to register for a free Environment Protection Authority Bin Trim waste assessment to determine if their businesses are eligible for the rebate.

“This program is a great way for local businesses to save money and reduce the amount of waste they send to landfill,” Mr George said.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said up to $50,000 (instead of $25,000) was now available through the Bin Trim rebate for each SME in NSW which wanted to improve its recycling rates.

“On average, those SMEs that receive a Bin Trim waste assessment increase their recycling rates from 36 to 49 per cent,” Mr Speakman said.

“This not only has the environmental benefit of reducing the estimated 800,000 tonnes of SME waste from landfill every year, it also helps those SMEs that receive a waste assessment to reduce waste management costs by an average of $3,000 per year.”

To be eligible for the rebate, an SME must undertake a free waste assessment by an approved Environment Protection Authority assessor and develop a waste-reduction action plan. If the assessment concludes that recycling equipment will help divert more waste from landfill, the SME can then apply for a rebate to cover half its capital costs of acquiring the small scale recycling equipment.

The program, which is funded through the $35 million allocated to the Business Recycling Program, was established under the government’s Waste Less, Recycling More initiative.

For more information visit: epa.nsw.gov.au/bintrim.

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.