AN ECU project that helps reduce waste has received a financial boost.
Thirteen community groups took a share in $120,000 in grants for projects designed to reduce waste, improve recycling and provide public education.
Almost $13,000 went to ECU’s ReFood Group to develop its app, which will connect community organisations that redistribute food with local shops and cafes that wish to donate excess food.
Perth City Farm’s new community recycling hub is a drop-off location for certain hazardous household items and part of the farm’s education programs was opened on the weekend by Perth MLA John Carey and was also funded by the scheme.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson commended all grant recipients for their commitment to the environment.
“Food waste is a significant issue for WA and its reduction is key to helping deliver the waste diversion targets in the Western Australian Waste Strategy,” he said.
He said the State Government aimed to divert 65 per cent of municipal solid waste in the Perth metropolitan region and 50 per cent in major regional centres from landfill by 2020.