Things are looking cleaner and brighter in Geraldton following an announcement by the state government to invest more than $32, 000 in two waste management projects in the city.
The proponents of the two waste-management projects are the Northern Agricultural Catchments Council (NACC) and Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation.
They were among 17 Western Australian community groups that received a share of the $128,000 pool. The specific purposes of the two grants are:
- Northern Agricultural Catchments Council – with project partners City of Greater Geraldton, Rip-It Security Shredding (Rip-It) and Mid West Science Engagement Group – $14,600 for plastic recycling stations around Geraldton, and implementing strategies to avoid waste creation and to promote recycling.
- Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation – $17,809 to expand their Bush Tucker Garden and waste reduction by using natural waste recycling methods.
Currently very little recycling occurs in Geraldton, with large quantities of recyclable materials ending up as landfill,. Furthermore, the recycling opportunities that are available aren’t widely known within in the community.
NACC’s recycling project aims increase the number of plastic recycling stations, making recycling plastic materials easier, and promoting this new option through a series community engagement and awareness-raising activities.
Based on current recycling data collected by Rip-It, it is anticipated that approximately 1t a month of plastic will be diverted from landfill once the new plastic recycling bins have been installed.
NACC looks forward to also working with the Bundiyarra Aboriginal Community Aboriginal Corporation throughout the year as their projects progresses.
To find out what, where and how you can currently recycle in Geraldton, please visit http://www.narvis.com.au/recycle/