WasteSorted Grants – Infrastructure and Community Education 2021–22 (WasteSorted Grants) are a State Government initiative administered by the Waste Authority.
WasteSorted Grants provide funding for:
- recycling infrastructure development ($1 million total grant funding)
- initiatives and events that contribute to waste avoidance and resource recovery ($150,000 total grant funding).
In 2020, WasteSorted Grants replaced the Community and Industry Engagement (CIE) Program, which started in 2017. Together, these two grant programs have invested over $6 million in new infrastructure and programs to reduce waste and increase material recovery in Western Australia.
The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (waste strategy) contains objectives to avoid waste, recover more value and resources from waste, and protect the environment. Integral to this is supporting local recycling infrastructure, which helps to create jobs and minimise the costs and impacts of unnecessary transport. This furthers the waste strategy’s vision of moving Western Australia towards becoming a circular economy. Also important is supporting work to change waste-related behaviour through education and the development of better practice systems and processes.
WasteSorted Grants support projects which target the State Government's focus materials. Preference in the 2021–22 funding round will be given to projects which recover higher value and resources from, and promote the diversion and recovery of, the following focus materials:
- organics: food and garden organics
- construction and demolition waste
- glass: packaging and containers
- metals: steel, non-ferrous metals, packaging and containers
- paper and cardboard: office paper, newspaper and magazines
- plastics: packaging and containers
- textiles: clothing and other fabric-based materials
- hazardous waste (non-household).
Infrastructure funding in the 2021–22 round will be prioritised towards food and garden organics, and construction and demolition waste. Infrastructure requests for domestic plastics, paper and cardboard, tyres and e-waste will be assessed as a lower priority, as other significant funding is available for these materials.
2021 Application round
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is transitioning its grant program management to the SmartyGrants online grant system. As part of this improvement, WasteSorted grant applications are now being submitted and received through SmartyGrants.
Applications must be completed and submitted through the department’s SmartyGrants portal using the relevant WasteSorted infrastructure (stream 1) or community education (stream 2) application links.
Please read the SmartyGrants help guide for applicants prior to starting your application.
You must register and log in to SmartyGrants before you start a submission.
We recommend previewing online or downloading the relevant application form(s) to review the information required before starting your application.
Applications close 12pm (WST), Monday 13 September 2021.
All submitted applications will receive a confirmation email with a copy of your submitted application attached.
This will be sent to the email used to register. If a confirmation email is not received, first check your junk folder then please contact the WasteSorted Grants coordinator for assistance.
A webinar to provide information on our WasteSorted Grants was held on Friday 13 August 2021.
A PDF copy is available - WSG 2021 Presentation
For further information about WasteSorted Grants, please contact our WasteSorted Grants coordinator via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (08 6364 6945).
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