$6 million funding to increase recycling and support regional jobs announced
Regional councils and business will have greater access to recycling following the Palaszczuk Government’s $6 million investment through the Regional Recycling Transport Assistance Package (RRTAP), an example of waste levy revenue supporting regional Queensland.
Minister for Environment Leeanne Enoch said the package will provide support for organisations in regional Queensland to do more recycling and divert waste from landfill. She acknowledged that regional Queensland faces unique challenges when it comes to recycling, particularly high transportation costs.
“This package helps offset the higher costs of transporting recycling material from regional areas by providing grants of up to $250,000 for the transport costs associated with recycling.
“It will help support jobs for councils who want to increase the frequency of collection and transportation of recycling material,” Ms Enoch said.
Applications for the grants are now open and are closing on 29 November 2019.
Greg Hallam, LGAQ's chief executive agrees this is a great opportunity for both smaller regional councils and larger councils saying, “There are job opportunities here that could really benefit everyone. There is also the chance to reduce waste going to landfill, and increase recycling.”
The Palaszczuk Government is also investing $100 million to encourage new recycling infrastructure through the Resource Recovery Industry Development Program (RRIDP).
To help councils, businesses and community members understand how RRTAP will work the Department of Environment and Science will be holding public information sessions at the following locations:
- Emerald – 14 October 2019
- Townsville – 18 October 2019
- Roma – 21 October 2019
- Bundaberg – 21 October 2019
- Cairns – 23 October 2019
- Mackay – 25 October 2019
Applications are now open and can be submitted through the SmartyGrants portal before the closing date of 29 November 2019.
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