Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes said the Shire of Esperance has received a grant of $40,000 in the latest round of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund.
The grant will go towards its community recycling program which aims to help residents to become actively involved in recycling by implementing the first southern regional kerbside domestic recycling service.
This project will involve the construction of a waste processing facility at the Wylie Bay landfill. The facility will sort, bail and store recyclables to enable the economically viable transportation of recyclables to Perth markets.
Mrs Edwardes said the Shire of Esperance was one of 41 recipients of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund totalling $1.02 million.
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 Shire of Esperance believes the project will reduce waste sent to landfill by providing infrastructure and services to divert recyclables from the waste stream.
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 will 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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