Recycling projects receive $400,000 boost

Three waste-reducing initiatives are set to get a bolster following a grants announcement by environment minister Nick Smith. The Paper4Trees programme, Ecostock Supplies and Abilities Incorporated will collectively receive $489,500 in funding to further expand the reach of their programmes.

The Environmental Education for Resource Sustainability Trust will receive a grant of up to $199,500 to expand the Paper4Trees program. The programme, which recently won the supreme award at the bi-annual Environmental Packaging Awards and has more than 200,000 pupils involved, rewards schools that recycle paper and cardboard by giving them native trees.

2011 Green Ribbon Awards supreme winner Ecostock Supplies receives the second grant of up to $180,000. Ecostock collects and recycles food waste from manufacturers, retailers, importers and transport companies to make high-quality stock feed. The grant money will be used to buy more machinery to process waste food into stock food.

The third grant is for Abilities Incorporated, an employer of people with disabilities, to receive $110,000 to buy Cathode Ray Tube glass separation equipment.

“This equipment will enable Abilities to bolster its operation, and separate leaded from unleaded glass in TVs and computer monitors,” said Smith. “Abilities’ expansion comes at a time when pressure to recycle TVs and computers is increasing, due to ever changing technology and falling prices for new TVs and computer equipment.”

The three grants represent the second round of grants made from the Waste Minimisation Fund. 

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