Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Grants help schools to become wise on waste

    5/05/2021 9:30 AM
    • More than $37,000 in grants for Waste Wise Schools across Western Australia
    • Applications now open for next round of Waste Wise School grants

    Nine Western Australian schools will share more than $37,000 for projects to reduce waste disposed to landfill.


    Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson today announced recipients of the latest Waste Wise Schools grants.


    The grants will be used for a range of projects including new recycling and waste sorting systems in classrooms, promoting waste-free lunches and reducing food waste by building chicken pens and compost systems.


    The Waste Wise School program is funded by the McGowan Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, administered by the Waste Authority. To date, more than 197,000 students attend the 235 accredited Waste Wise Schools across WA.


    The program delivers educational resources and provides support to help schools to avoid generating waste and to encourage diverting waste from landfill.


    Applications for the next Waste Wise School grant funding round are now open. For more information on the Waste Wise School program or to become accredited, please visit http://www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/wws


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:


    "The Waste Wise Schools program helps to develop positive environmental values in students and school communities throughout Western Australia.


    "This program supports meaningful, hands-on activities for students that help to reduce the amount of waste disposed to landfill and educate the whole school community about sustainable waste practices.


    "Students bring the lessons and skills they learn through the Waste Wise Schools program home to their own families - creating change in our communities and empowering our young people to drive improvements in waste management behaviours."


    Minister's office - 6552 5900


    Summary of grants for the latest Waste Wise Schools funding round


    Baldivis Secondary College, $4,400, for recycling and waste sorting systems in all classrooms.


    Bold Park Community School, $7,177, to create a Waste Wise food garden using onsite composted organic waste to grow garden produce, and a recycling hub collecting items such as batteries, light globes, mobile phones and soft plastics.


    Bullsbrook College (Primary Campus), $7,632, to reduce food waste currently sent to landfill by expanding their Waste Wise School garden to include a fenced area and a mobile chook pen with the sale of eggs contributing to the maintenance of the chickens.


    Cassia Primary School, $1,728, to reduce lunch waste through classroom compost bins, handing out entries to the Waste Wise prize draw for students who have waste-free lunches and running classroom waste audits.


    Dunsborough Primary School, $2,200, to reduce food waste by re-establishing its chicken coop using new and salvaged materials. 


    East Wanneroo Primary School, $2,135, to reduce waste by encouraging students to avoid single-use plastic, compost food waste and increase recycling practices.


    Osborne Primary School, $1,908, to install worm farms and educate students on the benefits of reducing waste to landfill through worm farming and composting.


    Rockingham Montessori School, $7,925, to build garden beds from recycled materials, create compost from school and local food waste, and sell produce to support further Waste Wise initiatives. 


    South East Metropolitan Language Development Centre, $2,196, to install worm farms to process the school's fruit and vegetable scraps.