Western Australia WasteSorted grants open

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Time is running out for Western Australian programs to share in more than $1.15 million in grants to help reduce waste and increase material recovery.

Applicants for the state’s WasteSorted grant program close on 13 September.

Up to $250,000 per project is available for infrastructure development and up to $50,000 per project for waste avoidance and resource recovery education programs.

Projects that improve organics recycling, and construction and demolition waste recovery will be prioritised in infrastructure development. Funding for waste avoidance and resource recovery education will focus on materials including food and garden organics, construction and demolition waste, glass, metals, paper and cardboard, plastics, textiles and non-household hazardous waste.

Those eligible to apply for the grants include charitable recycling organisations, local governments, regional councils, peak industry bodies, not-for-profit organisations, and research and educational institutions.

Amber-Jade Sanderson, state Environment Minister, says the government has committed to ensuring at least 75 per cent of waste generated in Western Australia is reused or recycled by 2020.

“WasteSorted grants back programs that improve the way Western Australia manages waste and supports our goal of becoming a sustainable, low-waste circular economy,” she says.

The grants have provided more than $6 million for waste management initiatives in Western Australia since 2017.

Previous grants include $245,000 for WA Recycling to fund separation equipment that recovers civil, construction and demolition materials; $250,000 to Southern Metropolitan Regional Council for a food and garden organics shredder; and $49,756 to the Western Australian Local Government Association to develop guidelines and pilot better practice materials recovery in multiple unit dwellings.

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