Funding for schools to be Waste Wise

The state government has opened the latest round of Waste Wise funding opportunities to allow WA schools to help reduce the amount of waste being sent to landfill.

The funding will enable both primary and secondary schools accredited under the state's Waste Wise Schools program to set up a range of waste avoidance and recovery projects.

In 2018, Hammond Park Primary School secured a $4,735 Waste Wise grant to set up composting, worm farms and infrastructure for chickens.

The school now recovers 60 per cent of its fruit and vegetable waste and diverts more 1,800 kilograms of waste from landfill, as well as using reusable containers and cups, paper straws, stainless steel utensils and biodegradable fruit cups.

WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the grants were part of the state government's commitment to a cleaner, more sustainable environment and encouraged other WA schools to get on board.

"Students at Hammond Park Primary School are real environmental ambassadors and it's great to see they are so enthusiastic about reducing the volume of waste that ends up in our landfills," he said.

"We have set a target to see 75 per cent of waste generated in WA reused or recycled by 2030.

"Hammond Park students are well on the way to achieving this target and are setting a great example - we all have a responsibility to do the right thing and adopt smarter ways to manage our waste at home, at work and at school."

The program is funded by the state government through the Waste Authority's Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.

Applications close at 12pm on Tuesday, December 3.

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