The Western Australian Government will provide 26 community groups with grants for projects that reduce waste, improve recycling and provide community education.
The first round of the 2018 Community Grants Scheme will provide $242,657 to share between the groups.
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Projects funded include the Salty Blue Creation Station for the Ningaloo community recycling centre in Exmouth, which will aim to transform plastic waste into products for resale.
A total of $34,015 will go towards the Cape Conservation Group to establish a recycling centre and to provide an opportunity for community engagement and education on how to live low waste, with less plastic.
Green Skills Albany received $25,023 for a 12-month community engagement project across the Great Southern that will engage the public, community groups and local governments. The Connecting Communities, Councils and Canteens to the Circular Economy program aims to engage 20,000 people and reduce landfill waste by over 70,000 kilograms.
The Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council’s Art for Waste Awareness project will receive $7781 to put together community workshops focused on upcycling marine litter into decorative pieces to minimise single-use waste.
Esperance Growers Market will receive $9600 for its Waste Not Want Not program, which will run two programs that focus on waste management and reduction topics, as well as workshops focused on the creation and distribution of upcycled reusable shopping bags.
The Community Grants Scheme is administered by the Waste Authority and funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.
WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the 26 projects that received grants under this round of funding are great examples of committed community groups seeking to reduce waste and boost recycling.
“Initiatives like these help increase awareness and education around our understanding of the benefits of waste avoidance, reuse and recycling,” he said.
“I commend these groups for their efforts and look forward to the outcomes of these innovative and engaging projects.”