North Perth Community Garden’s recycling model leads way in conservation

North Perth Community Garden’s Colin Scott with MLA Eleni Evangel and Environment Minister Albert Jacob.        www.communitypix.com.au   d446409
North Perth Community Garden’s Colin Scott with MLA Eleni Evangel and Environment Minister Albert Jacob.        www.communitypix.com.au d446409

COLIN Scott wants the North Perth Community Garden’s model of recycling waste from local businesses into compost to be available across WA.

Mr Scott, from the community garden, applied for the first round of Community Grants Scheme funding to help simplify and expand the model, but his application was knocked back.

But that setback did not stop him, and the garden received a $14,000 grant in the second round of the grants scheme.

Mr Scott said the money would go to purchasing equipment that would help the garden simplify its process.

The volunteers at the garden work with Angove Street businesses by taking their green waste three times a week and putting it through a hot composting process.

The compost is then used in the community garden or sold to the public.

“This is the perfect moment in time to develop this model and expand it,” Mr Scott said.

“We don’t get to this stage unless a lot of people are thinking the same way.

“The new generation of chefs and restaurant managers are conservation-focused.”

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the fact the application was knocked back six months ago, but the volunteers persevered with the second round, was a credit to them.

“You didn’t let it die,” he said.

Perth MLA Eleni Evangel said there was a community push for the initiative.

“This project sells itself,” Ms Evangel said.

“I’m so happy to be supporting this good, local initiative that will be reinvesting in the community.”

The Perth City Farm branch of Men of the Trees received $18,490 through the scheme for a new storage facility to house bins and containers for the collection of waste that would otherwise go to landfill.