Schools in Western Australia have received more than $100,000 for projects which help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
The grants will go towards sustainable projects at schools like kitchen gardens, worm farms, recycling bins, composters, garden tools and chicken coops.
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The Waste Wise Schools program works to encourage WA students to reduce, reuse and recycle their potential waste. It helps schools to set up infrastructure and provides the resources needed to schools to implement these measures.
The program covers 127,000 children across 304 WA schools.
199,000 kilograms of paper and 89,000 kilograms of food waste were diverted from landfill.
“Students at Waste Wise Schools show an impressive commitment to changing their behaviour to avoid waste and minimise the amount that ends up in landfill,” said Environment Minister Stephen Dawson.
“We need to follow the example being set by our kids,” he said.
“We all have a responsibility to do the right thing and adopt smarter waste management practices at home, at work and at school.”