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Schools rewarded for waste approach

Thirteen Western Australian schools will receive more than $37,000 in grants for projects to decrease waste, improve recycling and provide waste-related education.

Under the WA Government’s Waste Wise Schools program, eligible schools have been allocated funding to contribute to their waste reduction and recycling projects.

Dwellingup Primary School will receive $8,799 to set up a custom facility to grow food crops – re-using coffee grounds collected from local businesses.

Other schools receiving grants in this round include Riverlands Montessori School in the Swan Valley to upgrade its composting systems, recyclable wheelie bins and vegetable gardens; and Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School in Rockingham for green waste management and a ‘Rethink your Lunch’ project.

Previous grant recipients include Coolbinia Primary School, which reduced its carbon output by 10 tonnes through worm farming, composting and recycling initiatives; and Kambalda West District High School, which purchased a trailer to transport recyclables and build an outdoor classroom in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

A total of 388 accredited Waste Wise Schools are involved in the program, with nearly 160,000 students engaged in reducing waste at school.

The program is administered by the Waste Authority and funded from the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.

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