By Nicholas Farrington
Western Australian schools have received more than $100,000 for projects designed to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.
Environment Minister Stephen Dawson announced 34 grants were given to WA schools under the Waste Wise Schools program.
The program delivers educational resources aimed at deterring wasteful attitudes and encourages diverting waste from landfill.
The grants also go towards creating sustainable waste projects at schools – from worm farms, recycling bins, kitchen gardens and composters to garden tools and chickens.
In 2017 accredited schools recycled 199,000 kilograms of paper and diverted 89,000 kilograms of fruit and vegetable scraps from landfill though worm farming and composting.
Mr Dawson was pleased the program was highlighting the commitment young people had to creating a less wasteful future.
“Students at Waste Wise Schools show an impressive commitment to changing their behaviour to avoid waste and minimise the amount that ends up in landfill,” he said.
“We need to follow the example being set by our kids.”