Waste reduction grants awarded to WA community groups

Thursday, 02 August, 2018

Waste reduction grants awarded to WA community groups

The first round of the Western Australian Government’s Community Grants Scheme (CGS) was announced today by Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, with 26 community groups set to share in $242,657 to reduce waste, improve recycling and provide community education.

“The 26 projects that received grants under this round of CGS funding are great examples of committed community groups seeking to reduce waste, boost recycling and protect the environment,” said Dawson.

“Initiatives like these help increase awareness and education around our understanding of the benefits of waste avoidance, re-use and recycling.”

Projects funded include ‘The Salty Blue Creation Station for Ningaloo’ community recycling centre in Exmouth, which will transform plastic waste into products for resale. A total of $34,015 will be provided to the Cape Conservation Group to establish the recycling centre, providing an opportunity for community engagement and education on how to live low waste, with less plastic.

The Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council’s ‘Art for Waste Awareness’ project will meanwhile receive $7781 to put together community workshops focused on upcycling marine litter into decorative pieces in an effort to minimise single-use waste. The workshops will highlight the environmental impact of plastic and provide guidance to the community on how to minimise non-biodegradable materials in their day-to-day lives.

“Supporting these communities-focused projects will help the McGowan government achieve the Western Australian Waste Strategy targets of diverting 65% of municipal solid waste in the Perth metropolitan region and 50% in major regional centres from landfill by 2020,” said Dawson.

“I commend these groups for their efforts and look forward to the outcomes of these innovative and engaging projects.”

The CGS is administered by the Waste Authority and funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. For further information and updates on future funding rounds, visit the Waste Authority’s website.

Image credit: ©stock.adobe.com/au/Photocreo Bednarek

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