The NSW Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Report (WARR) 2008, stated that by increasing the cost of disposal of each tonne of waste, the expanded levy provides an incentive to provide recycling and resource recovery solutions. The levy will also provide revenue which will be used to fund new or expanded environmental programs in NSW.
The report also stated that:
- Construction and demolition waste increased 15% from 2003 to 2004 and 3% from 2005 to 2007,
- In 2006-07, Sydney recycled 54% of its waste, up from 49% recycled in 2004-05. The rest (4.52 million tonnes) mainly went to landfill. Construction and demolition waste recycling increased from up 4% to 70%,
- NSW as a whole, 52% of total waste was recycled in 2006-07, up from 46% in 2004-05. In 2006-07, 67% of construction and demolition waste was recycled. C&D waste recycled in NSW increased 1.1 million tonnes or 6% since 2004-05.
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