Cheryl Edwardes

Cheryl Edwardes


    City of Melville receives grant for special waste audit

    11/12/2000 6:00 AM

    Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes said the City of Melville has received a grant of $3,166 in the latest round of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund.

    The grant will go towards a waste audit conducted on 100 residents who have both waste and co-mingled bins.

    The results of this project will be used to develop promotional and educational material to reduce contamination of the recycling bins and improve community participation.

    Mrs Edwardes said the City of Melville 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.”

    The City of Melville believes this project will assist in the diversion of recyclable waste from landfill.

    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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