The Clean Communities program is closed.
Groups or individuals who participated in the Clean Communities initiative by collecting and separating waste for recycling were able to claim up to $500.
Clean Communities contributed to the objectives of the Western Australian Waste Strategy: Creating the Right Environment by providing collection bags to volunteer community groups and funding for waste collections undertaken.
Community groups were required to be registered with:
- the Keep Australia Beautiful Council Adopt-a-Spot program
- the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions as a volunteer community group.
Eligible groups included schools, clubs and societies, volunteer associations and individuals.
Voluntary litter and weed clean-up activities run by community groups provide a valuable community service that benefits Western Australian communities and the natural environment. Litter collections result in tidy, litter free public parks and community spaces, and weed collections support the natural activity of the State's parks and wetlands. However, waste collected during volunteer clean-ups, including recyclable and compostable materials, is often sent to landfill.
Clean Communities provided collection bags to volunteer community groups to enable separation of the waste they collect. Clean Communities collection bags were consistent with Australian Standard bin colours:
- recycling (yellow)
- green waste (green)
- waste (red).
Community groups and individuals that collected waste for recycling and composting through the program could receive up to $500 based on the number of bags that they filled.
Clean Communities was administered by the Waste Authority in partnership with KABC, with support from the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions.
Source separation – or separating waste at home, in the office, on building sites and in public places – has been shown to be effective in increasing recycling. More importantly, good source separation reduces contamination, which in turn improves the quality of the recycled product.