simple act of recycling not only diverts rubbish from landfill but saves money
Coca-Cola Australia is helping local communities set up their own recycling programs in an effort to reduce the environmental impacts of plastic bottles. Through the Keep Australia Beautiful grants, groups are eligible for up to $10,000 to fund any initiative that provides practical solutions to reducing container waste.
"Local communities play an important role in tackling litter and diverting waste from landfill,” said Peter McLean, Keep Australia Beautiful National Executive Officer.
“These grants enable projects that otherwise might not come to fruition to be implemented by local community groups, councils, and other organisations to benefit both the local community and the environment in a positive, results driven way.”
Applying for a Grant
Anyone who’s got a great idea about how they might help their community become more sustainable - whether it’s infrastructure for events, or for special venues such as large retail centres, sporting venues or education centres, or with assistance with transport or processing - is being encouraged to apply.
Over $400,000 is being provided by Coca-Cola for this year’s Keep Australia Beautiful grants, bringing Coke’s investment in the grants program up to $1.5 million since 2010.
In that time, over 125 communities have already put the grants funding to good use. Councils, businesses, community groups and schools have all initiated innovative programs to help increase recycling.
In the same sprawling neighbourhood as Western Australia’s famous Ningaloo Reef is Gnarloo Station. Each year, tonnes of waste were being left behind by thousands of annual visitors to the 220,000 acre sheep stud.
Paul saw an opportunity to improve the area’s vast beauty by picking up after tourists and applied for a Keep Australia Beautiful grant, in order to make machinery to cut up and store glass and cans. In his first year, he generated more than five tonnes of crushed glass.
Pride in their local facilities saw Albury City Council apply for a grant last year. New recycling infrastructure was put in place at the airport and the local Lavington and Albury Swimming Pools.
“There was no public place recycling here at all, so we've used that forum to get the infrastructure up and running,” said Albury City Council’s Waste Management Team Leader, Andrea Baldwin. “It's been very well received.”
you’ve got a great idea about how to reduce waste, increase recycling and Keep Australia
Beautiful, apply for a grant.