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Aboriginal Waste Co-ordination and Strategy Support Package



This program was initiated to address the gap in municipal services for discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in New South Wales (NSW).

Waste Aid was awarded $280,000 in funding from the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) to develop the first waste strategy for discrete NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. The strategy was developed to provide local councils, Aboriginal Land Councils and the communities they represent with recommendations regarding appropriate service standards for household waste, litter reduction and methods to address the problem of illegal duping.

The program aimed to deliver a waste strategy to create long term, sustainable approaches to managing waste in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, which also aimed to protect the environment and improve the health of the people in these communities.

A working party was set up to develop this program, which included the EPA, NSW Aboriginal Affairs, Department of Health, NSW Aboriginal Land Council, Australian Packaging Covenant, Local Government NSW, Resource Recovery and Waste Aid.

Abstract adapted from Waste Aid and NSW EPA


Waste Aid
82-84 George Street
Redfern NSW 2060
Ph: (02) 8188 2051

NSW Environment Protection Authority
PO Box A290
Sydney South NSW 1232
Ph: 131 555
Ph: (02) 9995 5555
Fax: (02) 9995 5999


Last updated: 12 July 2017
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