Main Roads WA boosts funding for roadside litter program

A litter prevention program will receive a $400,000 funding boost after it successfully reduced roadside litter by around 70 per cent in some roadside locations.

Main Roads WA will contribute the funding towards extending Keep Australia Beautiful Council’s “Put your rubbish in the bin. WA naturally thanks you” campaign.

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The program installs anti-litter roadside signage, bin stickers, and provides 300,000 free car litter bags which are available from roadhouses along selected routes.

The program has been rolled out on the Forrest Highway, Great Eastern Highway and Brand Highway.

Funding from Main Roads WA will enable further enable the rollout of anti-litter signage on WA’s freeways and highways.

Sustainable car litter bags and posters will also be distributed to roadhouses to encourage road users to dispose of their rubbish correctly.

WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said Main Roads WA spends around $6 million each year to remove litter from roadsides, with proactive measures far more cost effective at tackling the issue.

“The National Litter Index indicates that roadsides are one of the most littered areas in WA,” she said.

“I am pleased that, through this campaign, we have been able to decrease the amount of litter at some locations by up to 70 per cent.”

WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the successes of the campaign has resulted in a reduction of funding needed for roadside clean ups.

“This is about making motorists think twice before they litter and to take some pride in WA’s precious natural environment,” he said.

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.