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Smarter students make for a sustainable future

More than $100,000 worth of school projects that give students practical tools to divert waste from landfill have been funded by the WA Government.

WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson announced 37 grants for accredited Waste Wise Schools to spend on resources that educate students about sustainable waste practices and also to reduce waste disposed of to landfill.

Schools from the Kimberley to the Goldfields and the South-West will spend their grants on waste wise initiatives ranging from worm farms, chicken coops, composters and tools for vegetable gardens to reusable food wraps, waste-free canteens, recycling collection bins and paper-making infrastructure.

In 2017, WA’s Waste Wise Schools recycled almost 200,000 kilograms of paper and diverted nearly 90,000 kilograms of waste from landfill through worm farming and composting. Schools also recycle items such as batteries, mobile phones, ink cartridges, coffee pods and oral care products (toothbrushes and packaging).

Waste Wise Schools is funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, administered by the Waste Authority. Since 2002, more than 600 Waste Wise Schools grants worth about $1.577 million have delivered educational resources for about 162,000 students from 365 schools.

Applications for the next Waste Wise Schools grants round will be open from the August 6 2018 until September 7, 2018.

Source: WA Government

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