Fun run fund-raiser

Blacktown North Public School students will take part in the Adidas school fun run on Thursday to raise money for equipment and programs.

Principal Carmen Cefai said the school was helping to set the standard for others by choosing to raise funds in a way that "delivers positive messages about the importance of physical activity to children's health, growth and development."

The event has helped schools nationally to raise more than $9.1 million to purchase computers, books, sports equipment and other resources.

Asbestos disposal

The Householders' Asbestos Disposal Scheme will be trailled across 24 councils — including Hawkesbury, The Hills and Blacktown.

The scheme will test cheaper and easier disposal for small amounts of wrapped bonded asbestos from home renovators, and there will be an incentive of up to $50 a tonne for registered residents who dispose of wrapped bonded asbestos at the nominated landfill.

"The limit for an individual under the asbestos trial scheme is five tonnes and is based on the average house in western Sydney built in the 1950s having four tonnes of asbestos," Environment Minister Rob Stokes said.

The EPA will also waive the waste levy on bonded asbestos disposed of in the trial areas to see if there's a change in illegal dumping incidents.