Winterfold Primary Receives State Government Water Wise Grant

Winterfold Primary Receives State Government Water Wise Grant

Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, has congratulated Winterfold Primary School which is among the WA schools to benefit from more than $100,000 worth of school projects being funded by the McGowan Government to give students practical tools to divert waste from landfill. The school has been awarded a $4,393 grant.

Successful schools around WA will spend their grants on waste wise initiatives such as worm farms, chicken coops, composters, tools for vegetable gardens, waste-free canteens and more.

Last year, WA’s Waste Wise Schools recycled almost 200,000kg of paper and diverted nearly 90,000kg of waste from landfill through worm farming and composting. Schools also recycle items such as batteries, mobile phones, ink cartridges, coffee pods and oral care products (toothbrushes and packaging).

Waste Wise Schools is funded by the State Government through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, administered by the Waste Authority. Since 2002, more than 600 Waste Wise Schools grants worth around $1.6 million have delivered educational resources for about 162,000 students from 365 schools.

State Member for Fremantle, Simone McGurk, offered her congratulations. “Winterfold has always be a very environmentally aware school, and I am really excited to see their project take shape.”

“Winterfold will use their grant to install compost and recycling bins,  buy garden equipment and implement initiatives for a waste free canteen, which will teach students the value of environmental conservation and reducing waste.”

Applications for the next Waste Wise Schools grants round will be open from 6 August 2018 to 7 September 2018. For more information on the program or to apply for accreditation, visit the Waste Authority’s website.