Up to AU$10 million ($7.6 million) of state funding to being made available in Western Australia for local councils to use recycled construction and demolition waste in their civil engineering projects such as building roads, car parks and drains.
The Western Australian Waste Strategy, Creating the Right Environment, includes a target to divert 75% of construction and demolition waste from landfill by 2020.
According to the State Government’s Environment Minister, Albert Jacob, the funds are available through the State Government's Recycled Construction Products Program and are intended to help reduce the amount of construction and demolition waste going into landfill.
"Achieving the target for diverting waste from landfill is a shared responsibility and requires action from State and local governments, industry and the wider community," commented Jacob.
Under the program, the first AU$8 million stream provides a pre-allocated, non-competitive financial incentive payment for each metropolitan local council which uses recycled construction and demolition products in its own operations.
The second $2 million stream is for open, competitive funding to purchase and use recycled construction and demolition products by the private sector, metropolitan local councils and State Government entities.
"Western Australia's use of recycled construction and demolition materials is significantly lower than in other States and we need to change this,” explained Jacob.
"Each year we generate 3 million tonnes of construction and demolition and WA sends 2 million tonnes to landfill,” he continued. “This is a valuable resource that we could be using in everyday construction projects."
The Minister added that significant financial savings and environmental benefits could be achieved by using recycled construction and demolition waste.
"This is an important initiative and I encourage the private and local government sectors to apply for this funding," he concluded.
For projects in the first stream that are completed before June 30, 2017, applications close 28 July 2017 and for those in the second stream applications close on 30 June 2016.
Application details are available at HERE
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