It’s not too late for funding to help your community become Tasmania’s recycling success story for 2013

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Wednesday 12 June 2013
Media Contact Peter McLean
Phone 0416 227 158

Keep Australia Beautiful Beverage Container Recycling Grants up to $10,000 per application  have been awarded to Tasmanian communities since 2010.  Last year Keep Australia Beautiful awarded 6 grants and applications close on 14th June for communities seeking support this year.

In larger communities funding has typically been to introduce or improve recycling at events or public places such as large retail centres or education centres. In smaller communities, the emphasis has tended to be on transport or processing solutions to overcome the challenges set by low density populations and remote areas.

There are many inspiring examples from schools, councils and sports clubs:-

  • St Mary’s College in Hobart joined the Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative in 2011 and received a KAB grant to develop its first Environmental Management Plan; investigate and implement recycling systems for their plastic, aluminium and glass beverage containers; and establish a Wastebusters team from its staff, students, parents and the wider community. Results were immediate with 3000 litres of flattened beverage containers recycled within the first fortnight.
  • Glamorgan Spring Bay Council received funding to facilitate better recycling facilities at local events reducing contamination through materials separation, appropriate signage and community education. The first event collected over 260 kilograms of drinks containers from 12 recycling bins.
  • Penguin Football Club is home to cricketers in summer and footballers in winter and in one season its visitors recycled 2400 litres of cans and glass bottles thanks to funding from the KAB grant.

Keep Australia Beautiful is also partnering the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Packaging Stewardship Forum to increase recycling and reduce litter nationally.  The Do The Right Thing, Use the Right Bin is part of the rollout of a five year $100 million industry funded plan -The National Bin Network. $230,000 is being invested in pilot programmes in Tasmania to increase recycling resources at schools, tourist attractions, shopping centres and entertainment venues.

The first pilot projects are already delivering results. Lilydale District School is now recycling 1 tonne waste each year and Devonport City Council has received funding to trial two new solar-powered tech smart compactor bins at the Mersey Bluff beach reserve and Surf Club area to prevent overflowing bins.

Peter McLean, National Chief Executive Officer for Keep Australia Beautiful said that practical projects like these show the benefits of recycling away from home.

“By putting infrastructure in place, the public are able to do the right thing away from home. These projects leave a legacy for all Australians saving natural resources with measureable volumes of recycled materials being put to beneficial reuse– and that’s good for everyone. In addition, this $100 million, 5 year industry funded plan unlike various other national waste options currently being viewed by Government, is being delivered at no additional cost to the public through taxes.”

Keep Australia Beautiful offers financial assistance for communities wishing to improve their beverage container recycling, and it’s not too late to apply as the grant closes on 14 June. This financial assistance is made possible thanks to a Coca-Cola Foundation Community Recycling Grant.

The National Bin Network in Tasmania is funded by the Packaging Stewardship Forum.

For more information please go to the Keep Australia Beautiful website

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For further media comment or to arrange a media interview, please contact Peter McLean on mobile 0416 227 158.

The KABNA website is where all information on the organisation can be accessed including the Beverage Container Recycling Grants and the National Bin Network.

The Beverage Container Recycling Grants  are available communities wanting to focus is on:

  • recycling away from home
  • practical projects that leave a legacy
  • projects that don’t duplicate existing recycling activities
  • projects that result in measurable volumes of recycled materials.

Keep Australia Beautiful’s mission is to ‘to lead, challenge and inspire all Australians to strive for a sustainable and litter free environment.’  They are Australia’s leading national organisation for litter prevention, with over four decades of experience in engaging Australians to care for their local environments, (not to be confused with the organisation Clean Up Australia Day.) KAB Programs include Sustainable Cities, Tidy Towns, Clean Beaches, National Litter Index, The LITTLE Committee, National Bin Network and KAB Week.

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