2022 WasteSorted Schools grants open

Compost projects are one such initiative funded by the 2022 WasteSorted Schools grants.

Applications are now open for the second round of WasteSorted Schools grants for 2022.

The free program provides resources and support to help schools implement waste-reduction initiatives such as recycling, composting and worm farming.

Administered by Western Australia’s Waste Authority, the program is funded by the state’s waste levy as part of its Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.

Round one grants, announced in May, provided $109,000 in funding to 32 schools for a range of projects including waste-sorting infrastructure, recycling, composting, waste education, and behaviour change initiatives.

Reece Whitby, Environment Minister, encouraged schools to apply for the next round of funding and make a commitment to recycling and recovery.

“The WasteSorted Schools program supports activities that provide meaningful, hands-on learning experiences linked to the Western Australian Curriculum,” he said.

“By teaching children the importance of waste avoidance, recycling and sustainability in schools, we can create a generation for which good environmental practices will be automatic and simply a part of their everyday lives.”

The program was revamped in early 2022 to provide streamlined eligibility criteria and a simpler application process to encourage more schools to apply.

All accredited Western Australian schools are eligible to apply for a grant of up to $5500.

Applications close at 12pm on 30 August 2022.

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