Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes said Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Foundation has received a grant of $17,500 in the latest round of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund.
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children operates the Ruggies recycling project, recycling waste produced by the mining industry. The grant will go towards the development and production of newsletters and information packages about the Ruggies Recycling project to be distributed to mine sites throughout the State.
In this project practical guidelines and posters describing recycling methods will be produced and placed in work areas where recyclable wastes are generated. The funds generated from the sale of these materials go directly to helping patients at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Mrs Edwardes said the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Foundation was one of 41 recipients of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund totalling $1.02 million that were announced today.
Western Australia’s Waste Management and Recycling Fund is raised from a levy on waste disposed to landfill. It is used to sponsor innovative waste reduction and recycling activities throughout the State.
“Each year almost $5 million is raised from the levy,” Mrs Edwardes said.
“Under the grants program, financial assistance is given to local communities, industry and local government organisations who have projects which will contribute towards the achievement of the State’s waste reduction targets.
“The grant is provided generally on a dollar-for-dollar basis and the preparedness of applicants to be equal partners in the projects demonstrates their commitment.”
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Foundation believes promoting the Ruggies Recycling project will significantly increase the amount of waste recovered from mine sites.
Mrs Edwardes congratulated all successful recipients of grants in this funding round.
The total amount of grant funding under the program now totals over $6 million. An additional $2.2 million has also been allocated from the fund under the Municipal Recycling Services rebate scheme, which is a performance based incentive to local councils to reward them for their kerbside recycling collection efforts.
Mrs Edwardes reminded potential applicants that these grants would be advertised more frequently in future.
“The number of funding rounds has now increased from twice yearly to six times each year,” she said.
The round that has recently been advertised will close on Friday, December 29. Inquiries for grants should be directed to the Funded Programs section of the Department of Environmental Protection on 9222 8608.
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