Thirty-two Western Australian schools will share $109,000 in funding for waste-reduction projects as part of the State Government’s WasteSorted Schools program. Read more
More than 100 schools have teamed up to save nearly 10,000 pairs of shoes from landfill as part of a week-long shoe recycling drive run by TreadLightly.
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PepsiCo ANZ has partnered with REDcycle to help convert chip packets into furniture, bollards, signage and other sturdy products.
Consumers will be able to drop off chip packets and other soft plastics at participating supermarkets, which will go to REDcycle’s processing partner Replas to turn into fitness circuits, outdoor furniture and bollards.
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These recycled plastic products will be purchased by PepsiCo and donated to parks, public places and schools.
One of PepsiCo’s global Performance with Purpose goals is to achieve zero waste to landfill in direct operations by 2025 through efficient and responsible waste management.
Partnering with REDcycle complements PepsiCo’s strategy to design out waste by minimising the amount of materials used in packaging.
PepsiCo ANZ Environment Manager Janine Cannell said the company is pleased to be working with REDcycle.
“This is a great opportunity for us to recover what would otherwise go to landfill and use the recycled materials to better the communities we operate in,” Ms Cannell said.
REDcycle Director Liz Kasell said the company is delighted to have PepsiCo as REDcycle partners and looks forward to seeing what we can create using recycled materials.
The NSW EPA has opened applications to grants worth up to $250,000 to establish five ‘Love Food Communities’ across the state.
The funding aims to assist councils tackle the issue of food waste across an entire community, including homes, businesses, schools, supermarkets, clubs, pubs and community groups.
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All projects involved will include delivery of the EPA’s Food Smart and Your Business is Food programs for households and businesses.
The Food Smart program aims to educate NSW households about reducing food waste, with participants receiving a toolkit with bag clips and food huggers to reduce food waste. Your Business is Food provides businesses with information, advice and resources to reduce the amount of food that is disposed of.
Applications to the grants are open to local government in two stages. Stage one is the submission of an Expression of Interest by 19 November 2018, which will be assessed by an independent panel.
Successful applicants will be invited to the second stage to develop a detailed project plan. Funding of up to $20,000 is available for the project planning stage.
Final applications must be submitted by 18 March 2019.
For more information and to access the application form, click here.
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.