Community litter workshops identifying litter hot spots will help NSW reach its 2016 rubbish reduction targets, Environment Minister and Maitland MP Robyn Parker said.
Ms Parker yesterday announced $470,000 would be spent to tackle litter hot spots through a program run by the Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and Keep Australia Beautiful (KAB) NSW.
Twenty-two training workshops will be held this month where community groups will be given $300 to extend their skills and understand litter problems in their area through measuring and analysing a litter hotspot in their town.
Groups can apply for grants of up to $5000.
Ms Parker said the government wanted the lowest litter count per capita in Australia by 2016.
“The EPA is committed to reaching this target and is working with KAB to engage local communities to deliver training and grants,” she said.
“Litter is a challenge faced by every community and it is only by addressing it at a grassroots level that we will be able to effect change."
Visit www.kabnsw.org.au to apply.