The Liberal National Government's $10 million Recycled Construction Products Program is on track to improve Western Australia's use of recycled construction and demolition materials, and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said there had been strong interest in the program since its launch in March this year.
Under the program, $8 million is allocated to metropolitan local councils as a financial incentive to use recycled construction and demolition products in their operations.
A further $2 million is available through an open, competitive process to private sector entities, metropolitan local councils and State Government entities that use recycled construction and demolition products.
"Industry and local government response has been really strong. Applications for almost one-quarter of the competitive funding are being assessed," Mr Jacob said.
"That's a good start, but I'd like to see a lot more applications come in so that we can start driving behavioural change.
"Each year, Western Australia generates about three million tonnes of construction and demolition waste, of which two million tonnes is sent to landfill. This program will go a long way to improving diversion from landfill."
Mr Jacob said product sampling and testing specifications were in place to ensure the use of the products would not result in unacceptable impacts on public health or the environment.
A sampling and testing support scheme was also being developed to assist industry with testing products to ensure the recycled material was eligible for funding under the program.
Finance Minister Sean L'Estrange said it was important for the Government to help break down market barriers, to develop stronger demand for construction and demolition waste.
"The State Government is leading on reforms to make better use of our raw materials and to protect the environment," Mr L'Estrange said.
Further information about the program is available at http://www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au
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