RENEW NSW was established as the representative of eight regional waste groups, covering 86 Councils in regional and rural NSW, with a population of 1.8 million people.

2014 saw the EPA establish a further six regional waste groups in the greater Sydney region, adding a further 42 councils and 6.1 million people to the group, which now covers the whole of NSW.

Under the umbrella of RENEW NSW, the groups work together proactively, to improve resource recovery and waste management across the whole of NSW.

RENEW NSW monitors and facilitates improvements to waste management and resource recovery practices in rural, regional and metropolitan areas. It also serves as an advisory body on matters of concern such as infrastructure sharing, resource recovery systems, regional procurement, drop-off centres and other related activities.

Working with state and local government, industry representatives, schools and local residents, the regional waste groups and Regional/Joint Organisations of Councils provide leadership and innovation, driving continuous improvement in sustainable waste and resource management practices.

RENEW NSW’s primary goal is to highlight the differing issues and priorities across the state and implement better waste and resource recovery systems. Through coordinating and combining these regional waste groups, RENEW NSW works together to find solutions to waste issues, to improve recycling rates and initiate best practice waste management in NSW.

RENEW NSW members achieve this via:

  • Engaging regional groups and their member councils
  • Addressing differing issues and priorities
  • Enabling intergovernmental liaison
  • Balancing planning and action to ensure delivery of results
  • Supporting skills development
  • Advocating rural and metropolitan initiatives and programs
  • Guiding and developing effective and focused projects
  • Facilitating effective communication and education programs
  • Implementing community engagement and evaluation techniques
  • Sharing learnings and resources for adaptation to differing audiences
  • Integrating innovative sustainable resource management

RENEW NSW is a living demonstration of what collaborative networking can achieve.

RENEW NSW is supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority Waste Less, Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.

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