Thursday August 27, 2015
Tanya Davies MP, Member for Mulgoa, today welcomed $6,877,156.74 in NSW Government Bin Trim grants to 26 small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to help small-to-medium businesses improve recycling rates and divert waste from landfill.
Bin Trim grant recipients will use their money to fund more than 100 waste assessors to provide advice to businesses on recycling and cost reduction opportunities as part of the NSW Government’s flagship $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative.
“I am delighted to welcome these grants to help local businesses increase recycling and cut costs,” Tanya Davies said.
Bin Trim assessments provide businesses with an onsite analysis and a tailored Waste Reduction Action Plan, which includes practical and affordable options to increase recycling.
“These Bin Trim grants provide thousands of businesses across NSW access to tap into new opportunities to reduce waste to landfill and boost recycling” Tanya Davies said.
Bin Trim assessments can result in recommendations to increase recycling, using measures ranging from new signage to educate employees about correct waste disposal and separation practices through to using new equipment, such as balers or crushers.
Businesses that receive a free Bin Trim assessment are eligible to apply for a share of the government’s $9.4 million Bin Trim rebate program to help cover up to 50 per cent of new recycling infrastructure costs. Businesses are eligible to apply for a rebate only if they undergo a Bin Trim assessment.
Environment Minister Mark Speakman said an estimated 70 per cent of waste that business sent to landfill could be recycled, including paper, plastics, cardboard, wood, glass and food waste.
“This is the second round of the government’s successful Bin Trim business grants program which provided more than 7,000 assessments to small-to-medium businesses across NSW in the first round,” Mr Speakman said.
“The first round of assessments identified a potential 555 million litres of waste that could be diverted from landfill each year, which helped businesses save an average $3,000 a year in waste disposal costs.”
To find a Bin Trim assessor in your area visit: epa.nsw.gov.au/bintrim