Sydney is known across Australia and around the world for its clean, green, environmentally responsible status. After all, it was back in 2008 that Sydney became Australia's first carbon-neutral government, a significant achievement in itself. Nonetheless, as anyone living in real estate in St George is well aware of, the city still likes to put out an initiative or two each year just to remind us that this status is well-earned.
Consider the latest news that nearly $18million of grant funding is being given to seven high profile infrastructure projects in order to divert waste from landfills and boost the amount of recycling across the entire state. Rubbish dumped in landfills is not only itself a massive contributor of greenhouse gases, but also represents an inefficient wastefulness which necessitates the further burning of carbon to create new material.
Among the projects slated to begin are the construction of new commercial and industrial waste facilities, the establishment of a new facility to get organic material back from kerbside waste and the building of an e-waste recycling facility. Facilities for the recovery and processing of dry commercial and industrial waste will also be set up.
According to the New South Wales government, the grants will end up diverting more than 660,000 tonnes of waste for every year of the project. In the process, 180 jobs will be created, so the initiative will also give a modest boost to the economy.
"This infrastructure investment is being rolled out across NSW to modernise our waste and recycling capabilities and to boost the state's capacity to divert 75 per cent of all waste from landfill by 2021," said environment minister Mark Speakman.
The funding is part of the wider Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, worth $465.7million and announced back in February 2013. The initiative aims to improve waste management throughout New South Wales, which ultimately means cleaner, healthier neighbourhoods for those with property in Carlton and nearby areas.