26 September 2023

Schools put waste project to test

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A campaign aimed at reducing waste dumped at landfill is to see 15 schools share more than $39,000 to set up projects to reuse and recycle.

The Minister for the Environment, Stephen Dawson announced the funding package to coincide with World Earth Day.

“It will be used for a range of sustainable waste projects at schools, from recycling bins to improving waste sorting to composting and worm farms,” Mr Dawson said.

“The Waste Wise Schools program is funded by the Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, administered by the Waste Authority.”

He said it would deliver educational resources and provide support to help schools avoid waste generation and encourage diversion of waste from landfill.

The Minister said a target of recovering 75 per cent of waste generated across the State by 2030 had been set.

Waste Wise Schools teaches our next generation about the importance of waste avoidance, recycling and sustainability,” Mr Dawson said.

“These opportunities remain available to teachers and students through online learning provided by Waste Wise Schools in response to the disruption caused to normal school arrangements by COVID-19.”

He said the program was part of a wider range of strategic waste reforms which shaped how Western Australia would meet its target and move closer to becoming a more circular economy.

More than 120,000 children attended the 505 accredited schools in the program last year.

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