Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    Nominations open for waste and recycling awards

    22/06/2016 8:00 AM
    • Major recognition for innovative waste reduction and recycling activities 

    Applications are now open for the annual Infinity Awards that recognise successful projects in waste minimisation and recycling.


    Environment Minister Albert Jacob said all West Australians who undertook projects to reduce waste and increase re-use and recycling could nominate.


    "The Infinity Awards acknowledge the success of individuals and organisations which help to achieve the aims of the Liberal National Government's strategy to reduce waste," Mr Jacob said


    "It's important to acknowledge work that advances better waste management.  Innovation, commitment and creativity have been the hallmarks of past award recipients and I'm eager to see the efforts of this year's entrants."


    The Infinity Awards are open to individuals, businesses, local councils, community organisations, State Government agencies, schools and universities which demonstrate a commitment to improving the way the community deals with waste.


    Under the Liberal National Government's Waste Strategy: Creating the Right Environment, the recovery target for municipal solid waste in Perth is 65 per cent by 2020 and in major regional centres, 50 per cent by 2020.


    State-wide recovery targets for the commercial and industrial sector are 70 per cent by 2020 and for construction and demolition waste the State-wide target is 75 per cent by 2020.


    The Infinity Award winners will be announced on September 15, 2016 at the annual Waste and Recycle Conference.


    The award categories are: Waste Wise Schools; business; community; local government; State Government and universities; and waste champion.


    Nominations close at midnight on July 17, 2016.


    Fact File

    • On average, 1.4 tonnes of waste was sent to landfill in 2014-15 for each person in Western Australia, equivalent to the weight of a compact car
    • For every 10,000 tonnes of waste, employment of about 2.8 full-time equivalent jobs is generated in waste disposal, compared with the 9.2 full-time equivalent jobs generated by recycling the same amount
    • Infinity Award guidelines and application details are available at http://www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au  

    Minister's office - 6552 5800


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