$100,000 to cover disposal costs for unusable donations at landfill sites
A total of $300,000 in funding is available annually to eligible charities
Five Western Australian charities have received $108,426 under a Liberal National Government initiative to help reduce the cost of disposing unusable goods, illegally dumped outside their shops and recycling bins.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Charitable Recyclers Rebate provided vital support to charities that had to pay the landfill levy to dispose of unusable donations and illegally dumped waste at landfill sites.
Anglicare WA, Good Samaritan Industries, the Spine and Limb Foundation, St Vincent de Paul Society (WA) and The Salvation Army have each received a share of the program's first round of funding.
"These charities operate on a not-for-profit basis to provide essential community services to West Australians in need," Mr Jacob said.
"Illegal dumping at donation bins and charity shop fronts has become a serious problem for charities. They spend hundreds of thousands of dollars each year transporting to landfill sites, goods that cannot be recycled or reused.
"Some people donate with good intentions, but the cost of thoughtless donations limits the charities' capacity to fund important community services and programs. This rebate reimburses the landfill levy to these charities."
The Minister said the Charitable Recyclers Rebate also supported the Liberal National Government's efforts to divert waste from landfill.
Charities operating in the Perth metropolitan region can apply through their WA head office for funding through the Waste Authority's website
A total of $300,000 is available through the program each year to eligible charities.
Minister's office - 6552 5800