Over the past decade, the total volume of waste generated in Australia has nearly doubled from 22 million tonnes in the late 1990s to 43 million tonnes in the late 2000s. Australia’s rapid population growth is a strong factor influencing the amount of waste being disposed of at landfill. Many landfills in urban areas in NSW are required by the State Government to pay a Solid Waste Levy for each tonne of waste received for disposal at the facility. The purpose of the levy is to encourage recycling and recovery of materials through waste minimisation practises and Waste Collection Services.

To help educate the community about the importance of waste minimisation, Lithgow City Council is actively engaging in education programs designed to encourage resource recovery and increase understanding of the benefits to the local community and surrounding environment of recycling and waste avoidance.

This year’s Primary Schools Waste Education Program was delivered to schools across the Lithgow LGA in May 2019, with a total of 2,864 students participating across 117 incursions to-date.  A group of 25 local residents participated in the Community Organics Recycling Workshop in October 2019 at the Lithgow Library.  No further education programs are currently scheduled for 2019.  Please contact Council with any further education enquiries.