$350,000 FOR RECYCLING INFRASTRUCTURE IN LISMORE
Nationals Member for Lismore Thomas George MP today announced Lismore City Council had been awarded a $350,000 grant to invest in new infrastructure to help increase recycling rates at licensed NSW waste facilities.
The grants have been awarded under the NSW Environment Protection Authority’s Waste Less, Recycle More initiative.
The Council is one of eight projects successful in accessing funding under Round 5 of the Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement program. Over $3,600,000 million was awarded to projects at licensed waste facilities, to increase recycling of waste materials from households and businesses, in a cost-effective manner
In addition to PET and HDPE Lismore City Council has identified an opportunity to include the separation of polypropylene in their current waste sorting process.
This project will install a new optical sorting machine in Council’s Materials Recovery Facility to separate and recover polypropylene from the mixed plastics waste stream. It is projected Council will sell over 600 tonnes of raw polypropylene per annum as a high value commodity in the local market.
Mr George said the grant would support Council in its continuing efforts as it works to divert waste from landfill and increase local recycling rates.
“I congratulate Council for securing this funding,” Mr George said.
Mayor Isaac Smith said “The new optical sorter will allow the Lismore Materials Recovery Facility the further sorting of mixed plastics to recover singular plastic streams for recycling.
“The China Sword policy has resulted in mixed plastic no longer having any commodity value, the new optical sorter allows Lismore City Council to solve this issue through sorting.”
More information about the Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement grants is available at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/infrastructure-fund/resource-recovery-expansion-enhancement.