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Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group Grant Recipients for 2018/19

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Congratulations to the eleven recipients of the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group’s resource recovery and waste minimisation grants for 2018/19.

This year the annual program has allocated $70,000 to eligible organisations to help fund infrastructure purchases or educational materials to improve waste management practices in Northern Tasmania.

2018/19 grant recipients:

  • Launceston City Mission – have been granted funds to purchase a tyre de-rimming machine to enable them to send their de-rimmed tyres off for recycling via the national Tyre Product Stewardship Scheme and the leftover rims with either be sold through the resale shop or sent to a local scrap metal recycler.
  • TP Jones – TP Jones have been granted funding to help manufacturer cages to increase the collection of DrumMUSTER qualifying empty containers from their clients. The cages will be dropped off to farming properties in Northern Tasmania and collected by TP Jones when full. TP Jones will then drop off the empty containers to the nearest DrumMUSTER collection site for recycling.
  • Dorset Council – have been granted funds to purchase a multipurpose bailer for the Scottsdale waste transfer station. The bailer will enable the council to produce bales of recyclable products including soft plastics to increase their recycling output and to ensure the product being bailed is contamination free ready for reprocessing.
  • City of Launceston – have been granted funds to develop and install a public recycling bank to offer the public an avenue to upcycle and recycle more difficult waste streams such as batteries, CDs/DVDs, Printer cartridges, x-rays and eyeglasses. The bank will be installed in the City of Launceston customer service area and will also act as a public information tool to inform users how these materials are recycled.
  • JustWaste Consulting – have been granted funds to install an anaerobic digester at the Westbury waste disposal site. Cooking fats and food and garden organics will be mixed in a pit which is pumped into a digesting tank where anaerobic condition generates gas which will power a generator which will be used to provide power to the currently unpowered waste disposal facility. The processed material (digestate) will rest in a tank until it is sold and/or used as fertiliser.
  • Perth Primary School – have been granted funds to minimise waste to landfill by purchasing recycling infrastructure for the school which will create awareness about waste amongst the students, staff and families by delivering educational activities, presentations and games related to waste issues. The students will also be assisted in the transition to low waste lunches by a school wide beeswax wrap making activity.
  • 1st Tamar Sea Scouts – The 1st Tamar Sea Scouts have been granted funds to install multiple bin systems at their hall which will involve implementing recycling 8 different waste streams. The project also involves installing bin signage and sending out flyers to families and the dedicated project manager will deliver education sessions to the joeys, cubs and scouts on the importance of waste minimisation and recycling.
  • Campbell Town District High School – have been allocated funds to purchase recycling bin infrastructure including co-mingle and paper to all areas of the school. The project will also involve purchasing a wood chipper so all the organic waste from the school grounds can be chipped before being composted and reused in the school gardens.
  • Kings Meadows High – have been granted funds to develop a STEAM education program focused on recycling. Several projects make up this successful application, one is to develop an application which can scan an item to tell the user how to dispose of the item appropriately, another is the development and construction of two robotic bins which would move about a space collecting rubbish from people.
  • TasTafe (Drysdale) – have been allocated funds to purchase a commercial composting machine that will enable the campus to turn 92% of their waste into re-usable garden compost which would feed their on-site herb and vegetable gardens, Hundreds of students a year will benefit from this project. In the long term Drysdale will produce enough compost which can be used by the horticulture students at Alanvale campus and in local community gardens.
  • Punchbowl Primary School – have been granted funding to install multi system bin recycling infrastructure around the school including organics, plastic and paper. This project follows on after students worked on units highlighting the problem of waste and the impacts on the environment, following that several students wrote to principal to ask could the school manage their waste sustainably including having nude food days.