Stephen Dawson says the grant program's aim is to support organisations that contribute to the government's environmental targets. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Grants given to boost waste management

Thursday, 12 July, 2018 - 15:51

The state government has distributed about $1 million in grants among 16 environmental organisations as it aims at boosts recycling and improve waste management practices in Western Australia.

Funded through the Waste Authority’s Community and Industry Engagement program (CIE), The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council received about $130,500 to be put towards an evaluation of food waste collections from multi-unit dwellings.

The grant follows its recent trial of a food organics collection system in the City of Melville.

The CIE program is designed to support organisations that champion positive waste behaviours and community awareness.

Environmental campaign group Boomerang Alliance received $100,000 to implement an environmental engagement program – working with community groups and local businesses to reduce or eliminate problem plastics across local government areas.

Arts organisation REmida Perth Inc received $127,530 to create two plastic recycling hubs designed to reuse domestic plastic waste and create a range of items including toys, containers and art works.

Other recipients comprised: The City of Albany; City of Busselton; City of Gosnells; Western Australian Local Government Association; Western Metropolitan Regional Council; City of Fremantle; Curtin University; Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council; Garage Sale Trail Foundation; Green Skills Inc; Murdoch University; Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce; and Cape Conservation Group.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said funding under the CIE program helped successful applicants reduce the volume of waste sent to landfill.

"The program's main aim is to support projects that contribute to achieving the McGowan government's targets - including diverting 65 per cent of metropolitan municipal solid waste from landfill by 2020,” he said.

“Congratulations to all successful funding recipients in this round.”

With a mission to build a reprocessing facility for plastic in WA, startup Greenbatch was another applicant but failed to secure a grant.

Chief executive Darren Lomman said despite having not been awarded a grant, Greenbatch was progressing to promising discussions with state government around future support.