WA government offers cash to separate waste
Volunteer groups will receive cash payments under a new WA Government program aimed at diverting recyclable waste from landfill.
Adopt-a-Spot litter collection groups and Department of Parks and Wildlife volunteers could be eligible for free collection bags and claim cash back under the Clean Communities Initiative.
The groups could claim $5 for every bag of recyclables or weeds and $3 per bag of general household waste. There are three coloured bags on offer – green for weeds, yellow for recyclables and red for general waste. The colour scheme follows the Australian standard for collection bins.
WA Environment Minister Albert Jacob says eligible groups can claim up to $500 for separating waste into the bags.
“The Clean Communities Initiative encourages volunteers who already do community litter work to separate rubbish from reusable items so more recyclable materials can be recovered,” he says.”However, waste collected at community clean-up activities is often sent to landfill, which represents a missed opportunity to recover waste that can be recycled. By providing these free bags, more waste can be separated at the source and less ends up in landfill.”
Jacob says the program will also help volunteer groups prepare for the introduction of the State Government’s container deposit scheme, happening in mid-2018.
“Once the container deposit scheme is in place, there will be an even greater incentive to sort recyclables from the waste stream, and the additional income will be a welcome boost to those groups that collect containers as part of their volunteer activities,” he says.