A partnership between Keep Australia Beautiful Council Northern Territory [KABC (NT)] and the National Bin Network (NBN) will see the roll out of a new $230,000 pilot litter reduction program in Territory Growth Towns over the next 12-18 months.
The NBN is a $100 million, 5 year industry funded plan to increase recycling and reduce litter nationally. The NBN is fully funded by industry, at no cost to Territorians. It also addresses all litter and packaging recycling, not just beverage containers.
Seven Territory Growth Towns in the East Arnhem Shire Council will participate in the pilot – Galiwinku, Milingimbi, Gapuwiyak, Ramingining, Angurugu, Yirrkala and Umbakumba.
Under the pilot, KABC (NT) will roll out the new Clean Up Book and other resources to help local communities clean up, recycle and keep their communities clean into the future.
The pilot provides KABC (NT) for the first time with significant resources to work with local councils and community groups such as schools, stores and environment groups to reduce litter and increase recycling.
Pilot program delivery will be facilitated by a dedicated KABC (NT) Project Officer who will work with East Arnhem Shire Council and the above Growth Towns to:-
- introduce programs to reduce litter in the community;
- identify litter hot spots and where the litter is coming from;
- develop a community clean-up plan covering infrastructure, service, awareness and education;
- carry out a community clean-up event with community volunteers;
- identify necessary bin infrastructure and arrange installation;
- ensure that recyclable materials are transported to appropriate facilities and that rubbish is disposed of properly;
- monitor progress and measure results achieved.
KABC (NT) has targeted a 20% reduction in litter in the first year of implementation for each of the above Territory Growth Towns.
The Council of Australian Governments Standing Council on Environment and Water is currently considering the NBN, and a range of other measures, including container deposit systems, as part of a national review of packaging waste policy. This pilot is supported by interim funding through the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum.
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