Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Hon Albert Jacob BEnvDes M.Arch JP MLA

Former Minister for Environment; Heritage

    $690,000 to divert waste from landfill

    10/11/2016 10:45 AM
    • Funding for organisations which target waste strategy priorities

    Western Australian organisations can access $690,000 in new funding to support waste management projects to divert waste from landfill.


    Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Liberal National Government's Community and Industry Engagement Program was aimed at supporting organisations which championed better waste behaviours and community awareness. 


    Mr Jacob said grants were available through the Waste Authority for industry, local governments, State Government agencies, regional councils, peak bodies, research and educational institutes, and community groups.


    "This program is an opportunity to gain financial backing for projects that meet the Government's waste management priority areas including planning, best practice, education, engagement and data measurement," he said.


    "The program will cover up to 50 per cent of the cost of a project or event, with the first round of grants focusing on projects and events that align with the 2016-17 business plan priorities in the Western Australian Waste Strategy: Creating the right environment.


    "This includes initiatives to improve the use of construction and demolition materials, assisting the transition to a Better Bins three bin kerbside collection system, and support waste planning within and between local governments."


    The program also encourages engagement between different groups to share waste expertise and experience across the community.


    "The program is well placed to encourage innovative and focused projects and events with efficient targeting of funding," the Minister said.


    "Organisations may identify gaps in their areas of expertise and use this funding to tackle issues such as reducing waste generation, diverting waste from landfill, and community education.


    "I'm confident this innovative program will help WA meet our 2020 targets - diverting 65 per cent of municipal solid waste, 70 per cent of commercial and industrial waste and 75 per cent of construction and demolition waste from landfill."


    Applications for first round funding close at 5pm on December 8, 2016.


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