Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson BA MLA

Minister for Health; Mental Health

    Waste Wise grants help schools with projects to reduce waste to landfill

    12/10/2021 11:00 AM
    • Nearly $30,000 in grants for schools across Western Australia to tackle waste
    • Nine schools share in funding to help children learn about being Waste Wise
    • 281 accredited Waste Wise Schools since program's inception 

    Nine Western Australian schools will share in nearly $30,000 for projects to reduce waste disposed to landfill.


    Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson today announced the recipients of the latest round of Waste Wise Schools grants, which will be used to fund a range of projects including waste sorting stations, community gardens, and composting and worm farms.


    Marmion Primary School will receive $8,800 to install monster-themed waste sorting stations and Bull Creek Primary School has been granted $6,291 to set up a portable kitchen to promote food waste reduction. 


    Regional schools, Albany Primary School, Manjimup Primary School and Spencer Park Primary School, have also received grants under the program.


    Waste Wise Schools has been running since 2010, helping teach the more than 198,000 students attending 281 accredited Waste Wise Schools across WA about the importance of waste reduction.  


    The program, which will be known as WasteSorted Schools from 2022, is being revamped prior to the next funding round in February 2022.


    WasteSorted Schools will make the eligibility criteria and application process simpler so that more schools can improve their waste management. All accredited schools are eligible to apply and more information about the new grant process will be provided to schools in Term 4, 2021.


    Applications for the new grant round will open on February 1, 2022 and close on March 15, 2022. For more information on the WasteSorted Schools program or to become accredited, visit https://www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au/wws


    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson:


    "The Waste Wise Schools program has a long tradition of helping to develop positive environmental values in students and school communities throughout Western Australia.


    "This program helps to reduce the amount of waste disposed to landfill and educate the whole school community about sustainable waste practices.


    "I congratulate this round's recipients and wish them luck for their projects."


    Minister's office - 6552 5900


    Summary of grants for the Waste Wise Schools funding round


    Albany Primary School, $2,200, to introduce general waste, recycling and food collection bins throughout the school to reduce waste to landfill and facilitate an understanding of waste sorting. Food scraps will be composted on site.


    Bull Creek Primary School, $6,291, to set up a portable kitchen to promote food waste reduction. Compost and worm infrastructure will be used to process the fruit and vegetable scraps produced from cooking lessons.


    Carey Baptist College (Forrestdale), $1,784, to divert organic waste from landfill to the compost and worm farms.


    Chrysalis Montessori School, $2,200, to teach students about diverting waste from landfill through worm farming, composting, gardening and the promotion of zero-waste lunches.


    Manjimup Primary School, $1,953, to install a commercial dishwasher and purchase re-useable containers to reduce the amount of canteen waste currently sent to landfill.


    Marmion Primary School, $8,800, to install monster-themed waste sorting stations to encourage students to sort a wide variety of waste including soft plastics, textiles, bottles, lids and pens for specialist recycling.


    Rostrata Primary School, $2,200, to reduce organic waste through composting, and introduce paper and cardboard recycling.


    Somerly Primary School, $2,197, will re-establish their community garden to grow produce which will be sold through the community pantry. Fruit and vegetable scraps will be composted. 


    Spencer Park Primary School, $2,200, to install an earth-cycling learning hub including a compost heap and worm farms to remove all fruit and vegetable scraps from the general waste.