Funding available for WA waste sector

The Western Australian government has announced a further $1.17 million in funding for projects that will support the state’s waste and recycling sector.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the latest round of funding supports the continued development of waste and recycling infrastructure in Western Australia, and reinforces government’s commitment to a cleaner, more sustainable environment.

“Waste is a priority issue for the state government, and we are committed to funding initiatives through the Community and Industry Engagement program,” Mr Dawson said.

“This program gives industry and community groups financial backing for projects that contribute to Western Australia becoming a sustainable, low-waste, circular economy.”

Projects to improve the recovery and reuse of glass, construction and demolition materials, food organics and garden organics, as well as those that encourage behaviour change, are encouraged to apply for a funding grant.

“I encourage the community to access this funding for initiatives that help reduce waste generation, divert waste from landfill and help educate the community and industry,” Mr Dawson said.

Past successful recipients include Green Machines Lab for a plastic reprocessing plant and Good Samaritan Industries for a cardboard recycler system that converts scrap cardboard into packaging material.

Grants are provided as part of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, and will be made available through the Community and Industry Engagement program administered by the Waste Authority.

Applications 23 September.

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WA Community and Industry Engagement program

Applications are open for the Western Australian Government’s $1 million Community and Industry Engagement program.

Eligible projects may include development and implementation of waste management guidelines and improved practices, targeted training and knowledge sharing, diversion from landfill projects and waste education.

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Funding is available to the waste industry, local governments, regional councils, peak industry organisations, research and educational organisations and community groups.

Previous recipients include Perth’s City of Cockburn, which secured nearly $130,000 to promote the rollout of its three-bin kerbside collection service.

Curtin University also received $50,000 to study the use of construction and demolition wastes as a complete replacement for raw natural aggregates in concretes.

Applications close on Monday, February 12. For more information head to the WA Waste Authority website.