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EPA Green Waste Clean Up Program

By Lithgow City Council
Posted: 4 Nov 2021
Lithgow Council continues to deliver services to help local people affected by past bushfires. Under the NSW Government’s Green Waste Clean Up Program, $2.2 million is available to clear problem green waste.

The council recognised that more works were still required to collect, manage, and recycle remaining green waste after the devastating 2019-20 summer bushfire. Over 80 residents and businesses were directly consulted, with each affected property individually assessed. This work informed an application under the EPA Green Waste Clean Up Program, of which only 15 of the eligible 50 Councils were successful.

“In light of subsequent flood and pandemics, it is very important that we do not lose sight of the destruction experienced by our residents during the December 2019 bushfire”, said Lithgow City Council’s Mayor, Councillor Ray Thompson.

“We sincerely thank the NSW Government for this opportunity. To this day, we continue to directly engage with our affected residents to hear their concerns and assist with recovery efforts. We have heard that bushfire damaged trees remain of high concern. Much of the work is required on private property and council taking on these works confirms the dedication of Council in directly assisting residents with what matters to them.”

“This project will be managed directly by Council staff, but we will focus on the use of local contractors”, said Mayor Thompson. “We aim for this funding to not just help those directly affected, but also support local jobs, upskill locals, meet environmental ambitions through material reuse and provide a much-needed boost to Lithgow’s economy.

Council has already commenced the process of reconnecting with affected residents considering this fantastic news. In the coming months, Council will reach out to local arborists, green waste treatment businesses and haulage companies to ensure the benefits of this program are broad.

 
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