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New Engagement program

The Community and Industry Engagement program (CIEP), was launched  today by the Minister for Environment, Albert Jacobs.

It will provide funding towards the development and implementation of waste management projects and initiatives that promote the diversion of waste from landfill.

Eligible organisations include industry, local governments, State Government, regional councils, peak industry organisations, research and educational organisations and community groups.

The program will support organisations that enhance industry and community engagement in Waste Authority programs or deliver education activities that support the implementation of the Waste Authority’s Business Plan 2016–17.

Up to $690,000 funding is offered through two streams.

You can view the Minister's announcement and full details are on our dedicated CIEP page.

Three bins for kerbside collection increases recycling

Local councils which use three rubbish bins for household kerbside collections are recovering much more waste for recycling than those with two bins, new research has found.

The results are in the Local Government Waste and Recycling Census 2014-15, published by the Waste Authority.

The State Government has $15.4 million available for more local councils to roll out Better Bins based on the success of the pilot program in the cities of Bayswater, Rockingham and Stirling; towns of Cambridge and Cottesloe; and the shires of Capel, Collie and Donnybrook-Balingup.

Read more in the Minister’s media release.

Winners announced

At a celebration dinner in the Garden Marquee at the Perth Zoo, the 2015 winners were presented with their awards recognising their work to reduce waste and increase recycling.

The complete list of finalists and winners can be viewed here. Congratulations to all nominees whose good works continue to assist Western Australia to reach the targets set down in the Waste Strategy.

In attendance was the Minister for Environment, the Hon Albert Jacob, along with members of the Authority and representatives from industry, community, local and State government agencies as well as Waste Wise Schools.

More details of the six category winners and their projects, including audio from the night, are available here.

The Minister's media release is here.

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