Cheryl Edwardes

Cheryl Edwardes


    Grant helps recycle greenwaste for York's Broadacre farm

    13/12/2000 5:50 AM

    Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes said Debara Farm at York has received a grant of $14,240 in the latest round of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund.

    The grant will go towards a trial using composted greenwaste as a slow release soil improvement method for broad acre farming.

    This project will involve composting greenwaste and applying the mulch over paddocks at different depths to determine the optimum levels of application. The trials also involve measuring the levels of greenwaste contamination, such as plastics and the incidence of weed germination.

    Mrs Edwardes said Debara Farm 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.”

    Debara Farm believes this project has the potential to divert thousands of tonnes of greenwaste from landfill and improve depleted farming land.

    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.

    The Minister 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