Environment Minister Bill Marmion welcomed the Waste Authority’s decision to invest a further $42,000 this financial year into the curriculum-linked Waste Wise Schools program which provides tiered grants of $2,000, $5,000 and $10,000 to fund projects across the State at schools teaching programs for increasing recycling and reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill.
'Waste Wise projects have a far reaching influence as students take their waste knowledge home and provide the inspiration for the whole school and wider community to reduce waste,' Mr Marmion said.
The Minister said the majority of schools used their first tier grant to start waste infrastructure projects such as aluminium can recycling, composting and worm farming. The projects then expand as the whole school community becomes engaged.
Nearly 90,000 students from 172 metropolitan and regional schools have taken part in Waste Wise programs since 2008 and lessons in worm farming and composting to reduce waste will be rolled out to a further 10,000 Western Australian school students as part of the State Government’s commitment to a zero waste policy.
Schools can apply for the grants by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org