Cheryl Edwardes

Cheryl Edwardes


    $18,000 grant allows Laser Exchange to reuse cartridges

    11/12/2000 5:00 AM

      Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes said Laser Exchange Pty Ltd in East Perth has received a grant of $18,000 in the latest round of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund.

      The grant will go towards the remanufacturing of colour laser printer consumables that are currently not remanufactured in Western Australia.

      This project will involve the building and installation of equipment, product testing, market development and staff training. The reuse of these colour laser printer cartridges means that new cartridges are not required and at this stage all empty colour cartridges disposed of to landfill.

      Mrs Edwardes said Laser Exchange 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 generally on a dollar-for-dollar basis and the preparedness of applicants to be equal partners in the projects demonstrates their commitment.”

      Laser Exchange estimates that 1.2 litres of oil are required to produce each new toner cartridge, so as well as the direct plastic waste savings, 1,560 litres of oil will be saved each month by the company.

      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.

      Media contact: Steve Manchee on 9421 7777