Tuesday, 2 August 2016
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the scheme encouraged small-scale, community-focused waste projects and offered grants of up to $20,000.
Mr Jacob said since 2004, the scheme had provided $1.47 million to more than 160 Western Australian community groups.
"Waste management is everyone's responsibility, and community projects can make a difference to the impacts of waste on the environment," he said.
"This funding will support some great waste projects and I encourage groups to apply for a grant to help get their project off the ground."
Projects previously funded by the scheme include community-managed gardens for recycling organic waste, an online program designed to help reduce domestic waste output and support for a regional group printing jute shopping bags with waste reduction messages.
Other successful applicants include the OzHarvest Think.Eat.Save event, where more than 1,000 cups of soup made from perfectly good produce that would have otherwise ended up as landfill were handed out; and Northern Agricultural Catchments Council, which was awarded $14,600 for plastic recycling stations and awareness-raising events around Geraldton.
Applications for the second round of funding close on Friday, September 2, 2016.
The Community Grants Scheme, which offers funding twice a year, is supported by the Waste Authority through the Liberal National Government's Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.