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Minister announces more than $1 million in recycling and waste reduction grants
11/12/2000 4:30 AM
The State Government’s support of recycling and waste management was underlined by Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes’ announcement today of 41 grants totalling more than $1 million from the Waste Management Recycling Fund.
Mrs Edwardes said the fund was making a significant contribution to reducing the State’s waste. Today’s announcement brings the total of grants since July 1998 to almost $6 million.
“The Waste Management and Recycling Fund began as the State’s first environment trust fund in 1998 and has proved an invaluable incentive to local government, industry and community groups dedicated to recycling and waste reduction,” she said.
“The fund also supports a rebate scheme for local government recycling, with over $1 million allocated annually.
“By sponsoring innovative recycling and waste reduction projects the fund helps significantly cut waste and its impact on the environment.”
Each year the fund raises about $4.5 million from a levy on all landfill sites in the Perth metropolitan area.
Direct grants to the community, local government kerbside recycling schemes, public education programs, regional waste recycling, cleaner production, recycling industry development and recycling and waste audits are all funded from the levy.
“The fund is providing a great opportunity for many people to get their recycling or waste management ideas up and running,” Mrs Edwardes said.
Individual projects approved in the latest round of grants include a regional chemical storage scheme, a winery wastewater reuse program, marketing opportunities for composted greenwaste, an investigation into controlling compost odour, remanufacturing of colour printer consumables and the City Farm recycling and education program.
Grants were awarded to:
Regional Recycling Program
Green Skills - Denmark Recycling Centre - $14,376;
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children Foundation - Ruggies Minerals Industry Recycling - $17,500;
Nannup Shire Council - Nannup transfer station development - $40,000;
Margaret River Skips - Cape to Cape Commercial Recycling Campaign - $20,000;
Narrogin Regional Hospital - Development of a worm farm - $7,375;
Shire of Roebourne - Marketing the use of mulch - $4,000;
Shire of Bridgetown-Greenbushes - Generating power unit for recycling shed - $5,700;
Shire of Murray - Kerbside greenwaste collection - $22,244;
Visy Recycling Belmont - South-West Commercial and Industrial Recycling Scheme - $52,500;
Shire of Esperance - Community recycling program - $40,000; and -
Shire of Manjimup - Warren-Blackwood Regional Waste Management Facility consultancy project - $50,000.
Recycling and Waste Processing Industry Development Program
Moltoni Enviro Solutions - Bayswater waste transfer station - $81,700;
Mindarie Regional Council - Investigation into secondary waste treatment - $39,785;
Shire of Augusta - Davis Road waste site recycling and reuse facility - $40,000;
Aqua Feeds - Investigation onto the development of a replacement bait for longline tuna fishermen - $5,000;
Denmark District Health - Waste reduction - $3,200;
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council - Market opportunities for composted mobile garbage bin greenwaste - $17,000;
Western Metropolitan Regional Council - Regional chemical storage scheme - $9,897;
Laser Exchange - Remanufacture of colour printer reusables - $18,000;
Shire of Dandaragan - Recycling and waste reduction scheme - $7,000;
Debara Farm - Greenwaste reuse as broadacre manure - $14,240;
Ecosus - StackEnStill - $40,000; and -
Oakford Organics - Understanding and controlling odour in composting - $60,000.
Waste Classification and Information Program
City of Melville - Waste classification - $3,166;
City of Fremantle - Municipal solid waste audit - $3,075;
Town of Port Hedland - Waste stream survey - $4,400;
Central TAFE - Waste management options - $5,400;
Goomalling Lions Club - Recycling project - $20,000; and -
Town of Kwinana - Municipal solid waste audit - $7,037.
Public Education and Promotion Program
Santa Clara Primary School - Environmental project recycling centre - $4,968;
Men of the Trees - City Farm recycling, school tours and education program - $19,988; and -
Rockingham Regional Environmental Centre - Waste resource program - $18,020.
Cleaner Production Program
Curtin University School of Chemical Engineering - Soil flushing and chemical degradation - $67,510;
Hartway Galvinizers - Cleaner production audit - $10,000;
Meneghello Galvinizing Services - Cleaner production audit - $10,000;
P J Noordeman and Co - Liquid waste recycling trial for small to medium enterprises - $15,000; and -
Jimmal Bolts - Audit of metal and oil wastes - $4,950.
State Co-ordination of Local Government Recycling and Waste Reduction
Chemistry Centre of Western Australia - Utilising green and industrial wastes to overcome environmental problems in urban areas of Perth - $50,000; and -
Department of Environment Protection - State Government waste paper recycling program - $80,000.
The next round of funding has been advertised and will close on December 29.
Application forms and details of the grant scheme can be obtained direct from the Department of Environmental Protection at Level 4, Westralia Square, 141 St George’s Terrace, Perth, by telephone on 9222 8608 or from the website at http://
Media contact: Steve Manchee on 9421 7777