Cheryl Edwardes

Cheryl Edwardes


    Recycling grant to benefit Denmark

    12/12/2000 5:30 AM

    Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes said Green Skills Inc has received a grant of $14,376 in the latest round of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund.

    The grant will go towards the establishment of a comprehensive recycling service at the Denmark Transfer Station.

    Green Skills Inc is a community group formed to support the creation of ecologically sustainable employment opportunities.

    In this project, waste will be sorted at the transfer station. Appliances and other large items will be recovered for repair, recycling or sale through a tip shop. Dry recyclables such as aluminium, glass and plastic will also be separated for sale to commodity recyclers. Greenwaste will be composted on site.

    Mrs Edwardes said Green Skills Inc 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.”

    Green Skills Inc believes this project will achieve its organisational objectives of providing training opportunities, and will provide a model that could be adapted for use in other areas.

    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