The NSW Environment Protection Authority has released a draft waste education strategy setting out educational opportunities and direction for programs delivered under the $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative.
Developed in collaboration with the UTS Centre for Sustainable Futures and a local government education reference group, the draft strategy includes a detailed action plan that links strategic directions with 56 waste actions that will be delivered by stakeholders under WLRM, including the EPA, local councils, community groups, industry and other government departments.
Actions include developing a statewide kerbside recycling campaign, supporting and showcasing small business recycling, and building online information and reporting systems for problem wastes, littering from vehicles and illegal dumping.
EPA director waste and resource recovery Steve Beaman said education and behaviour change was essential to the improvement of the NSW waste system.
“The successful transformation of the way we manage waste and recycling in NSW has to be a three-pronged approach including investment, enforcement and education,” Mr Beaman said.
“We’ve already begun the process of investment and enhanced enforcement with Australia’s largest ever waste package – the $465.7 million Waste Less Recycle More initiative that has been rolling out grants since 2013.
“As these activities and facilities start to come online we need to put in place practical education and behaviour change programs because our investment in new waste infrastructure will only be as successful as the people using it.”
He said the goal was to improve people’s knowledge, skills and attitudes, and reinforce positive waste behaviours.
“The draft Strategy is based on current best practice and will ensure that waste education and behaviour change activities are effectively integrated under the WLRM initiative across NSW,” Mr Beaman said.
The Changing Behaviour Together: NSW WLRM Education Strategy 2015-17 is open for public comment until 29 May.
The EPA will hold workshops through April and May 2015 to discuss the draft document.