Community education waste reduction program recipients announced

  • WasteSorted Community Education Grants awarded to 18 projects
  • Grant budget increased to $250,000 in 2023
  • Funding boost for businesses, not for profits, local governments, and community groups

Western Australian businesses, local governments and community groups will share in $250,000 in funding to encourage the community to do better than the bin and help make landfill the last resort.

The WasteSorted Community Education Grants Program supports organisations that promote better waste behaviours, practices and awareness.

Projects funded by this year’s program include waste workshops at farmers markets, waste facility tours for culturally and linguistically diverse community members and clothes swap events for all ages from a range of local government, charity, and not-for-profits.

Funding was awarded to projects that support the Waste Strategy’s objectives of avoiding waste, recovering value and resources, and protecting the environment.

The State Government has provided more than $8.65 million in WasteSorted grants since 2017 for projects which improve the recovery of materials including plastics, construction and demolition waste, textiles, food organics and garden organics.

Read more on the WasteSorted Community Education Grants here

As stated by Climate Action Minister Reece Whitby:

“This grant round attracted an exceptional number of quality applications and project proposals.

“I congratulate the successful recipients on their innovative ideas to promote the importance of reducing, reusing, and recycling waste.

“This program is just one way we can support industry and the community, create jobs and bring some of the best waste projects to life.”

WasteSorted Grant recipients Community Education 2023-24

Name of Organisation

Project Title

Brief Project Description

Approved Funding

Western Metropolitan Regional Council

(Re)Love Your Stuff

This WMRC and EMRC collaboration will run a series of (Re)Love Your Stuff community waste events including clothes swaps & upcycling textiles, a social media campaign, and school resource packs.


City of Canning

GREAT Sort for All: Waste Education Series for the Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Community

Four waste workshops and tours for CaLD community members incorporating the GREAT Sorts messaging including in Chinese, Arabic, Malaysian and Indian.


City of Cockburn

Textile and Single-use Plastic Waste reduction and awareness program

The city aims to develop a community textile and single-use plastic waste education and reduction program including:

events & workshops such as clothes swaps, sewing, alternatives to single-use plastics, waste education workshops, sustainable fashion presentations;

material and equipment for loan free of charge to residents, schools and community groups to support similar initiatives; and

free bunting and produce bags made from textile diverted from landfill.


Mundaring Chamber of Commerce

WasteSorted Action Hub

This project will deliver 47 waste workshops or demonstrations throughout 2024 at the Mundaring Garden and Farmers Market to help the community prepare for FOGO & key WasteSorted initiatives.


Resource Recovery Group

Foodies and FOGO

Eight separate cooking videos will be filmed outdoors with one common home cooking ingredient featured per episode. Episodes will showcase how to cook ingredients that may be past their prime and/or are typically discarded.


Good Sammy

Reuse A-Z Online Hub

Funding to put the detailed Reuse A-Z content online for all Western Australian households including additional online reuse, repair, and upcycling tips.


City of Bayswater

Empowered Communities: Encouraging GREAT Sorts Through Streetscape Bins

Public bin enclosures within three City of Bayswater vibrant town centres and precincts (Bayswater, Maylands and Morley) will be upgraded with educational resources.

Signage will focus on helping the community gain a better understanding of waste and recycling services.


City of Busselton

Love your Leftovers! – Practical solutions for reducing food waste at home

Three interactive workshops to learn simple ways to reduce food waste at home. From shopping to storage, and cooking to composting, activities will include a live cooking demonstration featuring ‘scrappy recipes’ and constructing a ready to use worm farm to take home. A sharing session will also be held for participants to reflect on food waste successes and challenges.


Shire of Capel

Captivating Capel – There is no such thing as waste!

On 9 & 10 March 2024 ‘Captivate Capel’ – an event for the whole community featuring the GREAT Sorts characters, litter reduction, workshops, art, op shop textile sales, demonstrations, promoting connecting to nature and entertainment. The Shire of Capel will also hold nine pre-event waste workshops and run workshops at six schools during Term 1, 2024.


Fibre Economy

Textile Waste Education Campaign

A textile waste campaign will increase the community’s understanding of textile waste and highlight behaviours to avoid, reuse and gift textile items. This will be achieved through clothing drives, mending workshops and a series of events in high schools.


Sports Environment Alliance

Reducing Community Waste: A team sport

This project brings together five sporting clubs from grass roots to elite levels, to identify and implement behaviour change and education programs that reduce waste to landfill. Each club will work to deliver this change by reaching players, spectators, members, staff and volunteers, with a different approach to be taken at each club.


City of Mandurah

Food for Thought – Be a GREAT Sort

The City of Mandurah’s ‘Food for Thought Be a GREAT Sort’ campaign will deliver seven face-to-face workshops encouraging residents to make every day a Stop Food Waste Day (Falcon, Mandurah, Greenfields and Lakelands).

The project will also promote the Grow it Local on-demand organic waste avoidance videos.


City of Rockingham

Compost at Home – Worm Farm Workshop Series

This project delivers three interactive worm farming workshops held across local libraries.


The Hub 6163

Rethink your waste in Hamilton Hill

The project will focus on three streams of education including: the replacement of plastic produce bags for fresh fruit and vegetables, bunting as an alternative to balloons for celebrations, and the reduction of food waste through composting and use of household food products.


Shire of Carnarvon

WasteSorted Carnarvon

Grant funding will assist the Shire of Carnarvon in delivering five workshops covering organics, metals, plastic and textile waste and empower 4,000 residents to responsibly avoid, recycle and dispose of waste through its marketing campaign.


True North Church (Whitford Church of Christ Inc)

The Sustainability Project

Through six workshops and on-site demonstration at True North Church, Mullaloo, this project will raise waste awareness, empower people to choose low-waste methods and encourage a behaviour shift within the community.


Rainbow Coast Neighbourhood Centre (RCNC)

Living Smarter Workshop series

The project will deliver four five-week courses based on the GREAT Sorts model which are aimed specifically at households in lower socio-economic indices, including Indigenous and recently arrived CaLD and migrant communities.

In addition there will be five school holiday waste educational activities.


Serpentine Jarrahdale Community Resource Centre Inc.


This project will educate Serpentine Jarrahdale residents about being GREAT Sorts through a variety of activities and workshops, concluding with a Plastic Free Forum event in July 2024. Activities include clothes swap events, four Earthcycle workshops, a repair cafe event and a HHW list provided to residents for local drop off sites.




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