Funding for schools as program celebrates 20 years tackling waste

  • More than $164,500 in grants to help 48 schools reduce, reuse, and recycle
  • WasteSorted Schools program celebrates 20-year anniversary
  • WA schools awarded $2.6 million in grants since program began 
  • Dozens of schools will share in more than $164,500 for projects to tackle waste, under the second round of the WasteSorted Schools grants program.

    A total of 48 schools from Port Hedland to Mount Barker will use the funding to purchase recycling hubs, composting systems, and worm farms – encouraging students to reduce, reuse and recycle.

    The program is celebrating 20 years of supporting Western Australian schools, with 956 participants since it began. More than $2.6 million in grants has been awarded to 542 of these schools over the past two decades.


    The WasteSorted Schools program is run by the Waste Authority and funded through a levy on waste sent to landfill.

    Schools can apply for grants up to $5,500 during each funding round. The next round opens mid next year. For more information, visit

    As stated by Environment Minister Reece Whitby:

    “Congratulations to each of the 48 schools receiving funding, and I applaud them for their efforts in teaching students how to take responsibility for their waste.

    “It’s all about reducing, reusing and recycling, and changing our habits. Schools play a really important role to inspire and educate the next generation, and their families.

    “The WasteSorted School program has a long tradition of supporting infrastructure and initiatives to avoid and recover school waste – and we will look to expand this further into high schools and regional areas.”

    2022 WasteSorted Schools Program Round Two – Grants Summary

    • Bambara Primary School – $2,347 to expand on existing projects with a compost tumbler, equipment, student tools, and soil for garden beds.
    • Bannister Creek Primary School – $760 to purchase recycling bins.       
    • Beldon Primary School – $5,302 for a customised recycling hub to increase correct waste sorting and prevent crows from opening the bins.           
    • Cannington Community College – $3,897 to purchase worm farms, composts, raised garden beds and tools, soil and seedlings, a trolley, recycling bins to set up Containers for Change, paper and cardboard, batteries, and other recycling collections.
    • Carey Baptist College Forrestdale – $3,403 to purchase materials to build a three-bay hot composting system.          
    • Carine Senior High School – $1,303 to purchase bins and signage for soft plastic recycling, equipment for waste clean ups, and recycling collection monitoring.
    • Casa Mia Montessori School – $2,555 to purchase worms, compost, plants, and six raised garden beds for a school community garden. 
    • Chrysalis Montessori School – $5,500 to purchase a recycling station and recycling collection tubs.    
    • Churchlands Senior High School – $1,780 to establish a co-mingled recycling program within the school with the purchase of yellow lidded bins.        
    • Clifton Hills Primary School – $5,500 to purchase a waste sorting station and expand the school’s organic recycling with food waste digestion cones.
    • Comet Bay Primary School – $3,121 to purchase waste sorting bins and signage for every learning area.           
    • Coolbinia Primary School – $1,684 to trial a sub pod compost and garden unit and a small-scale electric composter.     
    • Dongara District High School – $1,453 to purchase compost tumblers, worms, paper shredders, and food scraps caddies to manage organic and paper waste.          
    • East Butler Primary School – $2,295 to purchase coloured bins for improving waste sorting.    
    • East Fremantle Primary School – $5,500 to purchase collection bins for general waste, comingled recycling, paper/cardboard and food organics, and a bin storage cage.
    • Eaton Primary School – $5,485 to purchase organic waste buckets, storage tubs and a shed to house equipment for worm farms, composting and chickens, and recycling collections such as containers for change, soft plastics and batteries.   
    • Ellenbrook Secondary College – $5,499 to convert an unused bike storage area into a secure recycling and processing compound for containers, mobile phones, soft plastics, plastics, and glass for reuse.      
    • Emmanuel Catholic College – $5,500 to purchase recycling bins for classrooms and the recycling hub.           
    • Eton Farm Primary School – $2,631 to set up organic recycling with a worm farm, shade, and collection bins and a garden shed for composting.
    • Excelsior Primary School – $2,355 to purchase colour-coded bins for recycling containers for change and signage.          
    • Frederick Irwin Anglican School (Halls Head) – $1,589 to purchase compost bins, worm farms, worm farm and composting equipment, and bins for recycling soft plastics, organics, and paper/cardboard.  
    • Freshwater Bay Primary School – $5,467 to purchase worm farms, compost tumblers, student gardening tools, and a shed for equipment storage and worm farm maintenance incursions. 
    • Harmony Primary School – $3,926 to purchase classroom bins, materials for signage, a garden cart, a mobile recycling station, worms, a compost tumbler, and a shed for storing waste equipment.     
    • Hedland Senior High School – $2,150 to purchase and set up two worm farms for organic recycling.   
    • High Wycombe Primary School – $2,133 to purchase and set up worm farms and worm management equipment, buy Waste Warrior vests for students, and for a worm farm maintenance incursion.   
    • Jerramungup District High School – $4,047 to purchase colour coded bin covers, waste sorting signage and two waste warrior mascot costumes; and for materials to convert an existing shade house into a walk-through greenhouse for seedlings.    
    • Joseph Banks Secondary College – $1,228 to purchase materials and bins to set up an educational recycling hub for containers for change items, paper and cardboard, soft plastics, batteries, and bottle lids.           
    • Kalbarri District High School – $4,850 to purchase a commercial dishwasher, reusable bowls, plates, crockery, and cutlery to avoid single-use plastics.    
    • Kingston Primary School – $5,438 to purchase a commercial dishwasher to avoid single use packaging in the canteen, and materials to construct containers for change collection cages.    
    • Koorana Primary School – $3,374 to purchase worm farms, compost tumblers, food scrap collection buckets and compost, and soft plastics and recycling multi-sort bins.         
    • Marmion Primary School – $5,500 to purchase a commercial dishwasher to avoid single use packaging in the canteen.   
    • Mindarie Senior College – $5,500 to purchase four waste recycling stations.      
    • Mosman Park Primary School – $5,365 to purchase a commercial dishwasher to avoid single use packaging in the canteen.
    • Mount Barker Community College – $4,433 to purchase and set up waste recycling stations with bins, clear signage, a collection cart, and collection equipment; including gloves and tongs.     
    • Our Lady of Fatima School – $5,366 to purchase colour coded bins for general waste, co-mingled, paper/cardboard, and food organics in every classroom, work area, and playground.       
    • Our Lady of Lourdes School – $3,200 to purchase bins for paper, general waste, and food and garden organics, and materials for recycling signage.          
    • Palmyra Primary School – $2,850 to purchase a chicken coop, and equipment to extend organic waste recycling as part of existing waste management projects.   
    • Peter Carnley Anglican Community School – $2,280 to purchase worm farming and composting equipment, green team vests, and paper recycling bins.     
    • Ranford Primary School – $2,841 to purchase a school recycling station for batteries, bread tags, and bottle tops.   
    • Rapids Landing Primary School – $2,612 to purchase bins and recycled benches to set up a collection system for plastic lids, and expand on existing soft plastic and organics collections.
    • Salvado Catholic College – $3,113 to purchase waste collection bins, worm farming kits and reticulation, more garden beds, a greenhouse, mulch, and gardening equipment.
    • Somerly Primary School – $1,845 to purchase yellow and red wheelie bins and bin lids to build on existing recycling and waste stream sorting.  
    • South Coogee Primary School – $4,667 to purchase a commercial dishwasher, reusable containers and cutlery to avoid single use packaging in the canteen.          
    • St Helena’s Catholic Primary School – $2,628 to purchase re-usable canteen lunch bags, reusable plates and cups for classroom party loan kits, and a reusable waste audit kit.      
    • Two Rocks Primary School – $1,965 to purchase three sets of sub pod composting systems; including one with worms, compost caddies and paper recycling bins.      
    • Useless Loop Primary School – $1,873 to build a chicken coop, install vegetable gardens, and expand on organic recycling through worm farming.      
    • Wembley Downs Primary School – $5,406 to purchase red and yellow recycling bins, food waste compost caddies and liners, and compost tumblers.   
    • Wooroloo Primary School – $1,000 to purchase materials to set up three worm farms and worm tea brewing systems.        

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