Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Public events promote Zero Waste message

    4/01/2007 4:40 PM

    Green Skills Incorporated is the latest not-for-profit organisation to receive funding through the Waste Management Board’s Strategic Waste Initiatives Scheme (SWIS).

    The SWIS was established in 2004 to support business and industry, local government, individuals and community groups in achieving the vision of Toward Zero Waste in Western Australia.

    The project was developed by Green Skills in recognition of the need to develop innovative projects which worked with all levels of the community to reduce waste in WA.

    Environment Minister Tony McRae said public events provided a unique opportunity to work closely with event managers, performers and the general public to raise awareness of the need for waste reduction.

    “Public events can also make a positive contribution towards the environment by highlighting the recycling message,” Mr McRae said.

    "The aim of the project is to develop a model of best practice resource recovery and waste avoidance strategies that could be applied to any public event.

    “It will also allow organisations to trial these strategies and encourage the wider event management industry to adopt environmentally sustainable practices.”

    The Minister said Green Skills would be working with four event managers during 2007 - these were Sunset Events, Fly by Night Club, Fremantle Arts Centre and the Swan River Trust.

    “The strategies will be applied to more than 150 events over the next 12 months which are expected to attract more than 100,000 people,” he said.

    The first Towards Zero Waste event will be Sunset Events’ Southbound Music, Camping and Arts Festival, to be held in Busselton on January 5 and 6.

    “With more than 20,000 people expected to attend this event it is anticipated that there will be a significant reduction in waste,” Mr McRae said.

    “Part of the initiative will include recovering all organic waste which will be turned into high grade compost.”

    Volunteers will be on site to assist the public and help work towards Zero Waste.

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