More than $128,000 for 17 Western Australian community groups
Groups from Exmouth to Denmark benefit from funding
Seventeen Western Australian community groups will receive grants for projects to decrease waste, improve recycling and provide public education on waste reduction.
In announcing the first round of Community Grants Scheme funding for 2016, Environment Minister Albert Jacob praised the recipients' commitment to changing behaviours to minimise waste.
"The successful community projects show the dedication of the people behind these initiatives, many of whom are volunteers," Mr Jacob said.
"Projects include an online domestic waste reduction program, increasing plastic recycling stations, community waste management workshops, and recycling green waste at regional community gardens.
"I commend these community groups on their commitment to reducing waste and on the example they set.
"The Community Grants Scheme continues to remind us that positive attitudes and actions about waste and recycling benefit all West Australians."
The groups are spread from Exmouth in the north-west to Mukinbudin in the eastern Wheatbelt and to Denmark on the south coast. In Perth, groups to benefits are in Bedfordale, Belmont, Joondanna and Rockingham.
Since 2004, the Community Grants Scheme has granted about $1.35 million to 144 community groups to support small-scale community projects which improve the management of waste in Western Australia.
The Minister said supporting community-focused projects was important in helping achieve the State Government's Waste Strategy target of diverting 65 per cent of metropolitan waste from landfill by 2020.
The scheme is administered by the Waste Authority to support projects that divert waste from landfill and for use as a resource.
Minister's office - 6552 5800
Recipients of the Community Grants Scheme 2016 Round One
Balingup Small Farm Field Day - $6,604 to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and increasing the amount of waste recycled from the event.
Bedfordale Connect Inc - $5,000 to educate the Bedfordale community about waste reduction through the Bedfordale Bush Markets.
Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation - $17,809 to expand their Bush Tucker Garden and avoid creating waste with natural recycling methods.
Conservation, Animal Rescue, Research and Education Inc - $4,540 to improve the aluminium can collection bin service for Exmouth and local events.
Exmouth Community Garden - $5,965 to establish a communal compost station at the community garden including worm farms, compost bins and a chicken coop.
Food Rescue Belmont - $570 for signage for plastic identification and bin labelling for plastics collection, and shirts to identify waste champion volunteers.
Green Skills Denmark - $8,800 to bitumen seal areas around its Tip Shop and Recycling Centre to reduce dust and mud in the storage sheds.
Joondanna Community Garden - $2,075 to promote its community composting hub Waste to Wonderful through a waste management festival.
Katanning LCDC - $13,450 for an intensive online program that will take participants through a 10-week program to reduce their domestic waste.
Leschenault Community Nursery - $4,826 for tools and equipment to create mulch and compost from old seedlings, and to run workshops on composting.
Mukinbudin Planning and Development Group Inc - $9,260 to set up a community garden, and for workshops on sustainable gardening and composting.
Murdoch Community Garden - $2,200 to host four workshops to share knowledge about using food and garden waste.
Murdoch University Sustainability Team - $9,736 to launch the 'Great Taste No Waste' project at Murdoch University's Citrus Fair in September 2016.
Northern Agricultural Catchments Council - $14,600 for plastic recycling stations around Geraldton and strategies to avoid waste creation and to promote recycling.
OzHarvest - $9,294 to hold a THINK.EAT.SAVE event in Forrest Place in Perth to highlight ways to reduce food waste.
South Metropolitan Youth Link Inc - $11,694 equipment to support integrated recycling, re-use and waste minimisation in new social enterprises.
West Arthur Community Resource Centre - $1,800 to buy and print 500 jute shopping bags with the 3R message (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) along with a 'shop local' message, and promotion of the waste reduction message across the shire.