Nominations open for 2018 WA Infinity Awards

Nominations are now open for the Western Australia Waste Authority’s Infinity Awards 2018, which include nine new categories.

The awards recognise innovative solutions to reduce waste and increase reuse and recycling.

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Individuals, business, local governments, schools, community organisations, state government agencies and media outlets are able to be nominated for the awards.

Winners will be announced at a gala dinner ceremony on 15 November during National Recycling Week.

The awards for 2018 are:

  • Avoid Recover Protect – Community Waste Award
  • Avoid Recover Protect – Commercial and Industrial Waste Award
  • Avoid Recover Protect – Waste Management Award
  • 2018 Waste Champion
  • 2018 Young Waste Champion
  • Waste Team of the Year
  • Waste Innovation of the Year
  • Waste Wise School of the Year
  • Media Award

WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the awards are an ideal opportunity to recognise and reward the work being done around the state to reduce waste.

“By launching new categories this year, we are hoping to offer more opportunities for deserving individuals and organisations to enter their projects and initiatives into the awards and be recognised for the good work that they do,” Mr Dawson said.

“I strongly encourage everyone to put your projects forward and enter this year’s awards.”

Nominations can be entered until 5 October. For more details, click here.

More than $50,000 for WA councils and community to reduce waste

Western Australian councils and community groups will share in more than $50,000 as part of Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s (KABC) Community Litter Grant scheme.

Successful grant applicants will share $54,000 for a range of anti-littering projects.

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Local government authorities, community groups and small to medium sized enterprises and schools are eligible to apply for KABC’s community litter grants

A regional forum in the Western Metropolitan Regional Council will use the grant for a forum that aims to reduce single-use plastic by showcasing food vendors and councils who have addressed single-use disposable items.

The City of Busselton were successful in their application for the grant and will install permanent interpretive litter signage at four costal locations in the South-West and run an anti-litter campaign across social media and through signs and banners.

A school-based community education campaign will be rolled out across the City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder to tackle the issue of litter and dumping.

The Shire of Dalwallinu’s Recreation Precinct Litter Reduction Project will use the funds to address the impacts of the $5.5 million revitalisation of the recreation precinct and community hub and include a water station for reusable water bottles.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has congratulated the 12 organisations which received the grants.

“This year’s successful projects have a strong focus on litter education and waste minimisation,” Mr Dawson said.

“The grants provide a great incentive for community groups and individuals to develop effective strategies addressing littering – which unfortunately remains an issue in Western Australia.

“This funding supports new initiatives and promotes a cleaner, safer environment,” he said.

WA community want plastic bag ban

Community consultation in WA has found that more 95 per cent of comments on banning plastic bags have been positive.

The ban will affect lightweight plastic bags from 1 July 2018 in order to reduce litter and protect the environment. The ban also includes biodegradable, degradable or compostable – with handles and a thickness of 35 microns or less, often found in supermarkets and retail stores.

More than 4400 people responded by the close of consultation and 90 per cent were also in favour of banning biodegradable, degradable or compostable plastic bags which continue to persist in the environment as microplastics.

The consultation reported a need for a transition period for retailers to prepare customers for alternatives to plastic bags. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has announced it will assist retailers in this process.

A WA-wide education campaign will also aim to ensure consumers are encouraged to use reuseable bags.

WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said he wants to work with the community to make the transition towards a plastic bag free WA as easy as possible.

These initiatives reflect the community’s desire to work together to reduce the significant impact of plastic bags, and other waste and litter on our environment,” Mr Dawson said.

“Banning plastic bags is just one of a number of strategic waste reform initiatives demonstrating this Government’s commitment to reducing waste. We have also committed to introducing a container deposit scheme,” he said.