Cheryl Edwardes

Cheryl Edwardes


    WAMA to investigate container refund system with recycling grant

    13/12/2000 4:40 AM

    Environment Minister Cheryl Edwardes said the Western Australian Municipal Association has received a grant of $58,850 in the latest round of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund.

    The grant will go towards an investigation of the applicability of a container deposit system for beverage containers.

    The purpose of this project is to conduct an objective investigation of the potential of container deposits to be used as a mechanism for dealing with problem waste streams. A recent survey revealed that local government sees that container deposits might play an important part in extended producer responsibility for beverage containers.

    Mrs Edwardes said the Western Australian Municipal Association was one of 42 recipients of grants from the Waste Management and Recycling Fund totalling $1.08 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.”

    WAMA believes this investigation will produce a better outcome to previous inquiries because the work will be done by an external organisation, to an objective brief prepared by a broad based consultative group. This will avoid any potential for bias in the project outcome.

    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