- More than $96,000 for 12 Western Australian community groups
- Grant recipients located in Perth, Broome and Esperance
Twelve Western Australian community groups will receive grants worth more than $96,000 for projects to decrease waste, improve recycling and provide public education.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said he was pleased at the strong commitment shown by all recipients to reduce waste through the Community Grants Scheme.
"The community projects that will receive funding are supported by dedicated people, many of whom lead by example and volunteer their own time for the good of the environment," Mr Jacob said.
"Hilton Harvest Community Garden, which received more than $12,000 funding in 2011 to build a compost shelter, now has an extra $2,000 to install a new composting system to reuse putrescible waste from a nearby cafe into its garden beds.
"Other funded projects include collection and donation of upcycled goods to families in need, community waste management workshops and recycling green waste at a regional composting facility."
Since 2008, the scheme has provided about $1.3 million to 130 community groups to support small-scale community projects that improve waste management in WA.
The Minister said supporting community-focused projects would help the Liberal National Government achieve its Waste Strategy target of diverting 65 per cent of metropolitan waste from landfill by 2020.
"These sorts of projects help improve the way we look at waste and our understanding of the benefits that result from waste avoidance, reuse and recycling," he said.
The scheme is administered by the Waste Authority, and funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, to support projects that divert waste from landfill and for use as a resource.
Minister's office - 6552 5800