Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group Grant Recipients for 2018/19

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.

Congratulations 2018 Waste NoT Award winners

The winners of the fifth annual Waste NoT Awards were announced at the end of August, with eleven projects selected across several categories for their innovative waste management initiatives in northern Tasmania.

Congratulations to:

  • George Town Neighbourhood House, Interweave Arts and Self Help Workshop Inc – winners in the Not for Profit category.
  • Plastic Free Launceston – winner in the Community Group category.
  • Trevallyn Primary School Student Leaders, Youngtown Primary and Riverside Primary Waste Warriors – winners in the Primary School category.
  • St Helens District High School and Scottsddale High School – winners in the Secondary School category.
  • Justwaste Consulting and TP Jones & Co – winners in the Small/medium Organisations category.

The Waste NoT Awards (NoT = Northern Tasmania) is an initiative of the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group, which seeks to celebrate the efforts of schools, individuals and organisations in northern Tasmania who are improving their waste management practices.

Read about the winners here:

Beauty and the Bees – how this Tasmanian is turning waste avoidance into a business advantage

From humble beginnings selling handmade natural skincare products on a card table at Salamanca market 25 years ago, Jill Saunders’ persistence is really paying off.

Jill is the founder of Beauty and the Bees, a Tasmanian business that prides itself on using Earth friendly packaging and edible ingredients, which are continuing to grow in popularity. It is thanks to this ethos that Jill estimates that Beauty and the Bees has helped save about 1 million plus pieces of plastic from being discarded in landfill.

Jill has taken a back-to-basics approach to making skincare products from high quality food ingredients, with the business commencing from her home kitchen. After outgrowing a number of locations and factories, the retail outlet for Beauty and the Bees product is now based in Salamanca – a return to the place that got everything started.Bees image

Seeing the damage plastic was making in places like South East Asia, Jill set out from the start to use as little plastic as possible.

And while admitting that “it’s been very, very hard” to find alternatives, Beauty and the Bees products are typically housed in glass, tin, paper and cardboard containers. The business shreds second-hand cardboard with its own shredder for use when packing orders. It also uses biodegradable corn-starch spoons instead of plastic with its creams. And while there are some plastic lids used on some products, Jill is confident there will be more alternatives coming onto the market in the next five years.

By rethinking the way her business views waste, this persistence is delivering benefits not only to Beauty and the Bees customers, but to all Tasmanians.

Download the Beauty and the Bees case study here:

Resource Recovery and Waste Minimisation Grants: Northern Tasmania 2018/19

Applications are open between 27 August  and 3.00pm on 25 September 2018 for The Northern Tasmania Waste Management Group Resource Recovery and Waste Minimisation Grants program.

Financial support up to $70,000 will be provided for eligible project costs associated with procuring infrastructure or educational materials necessary to improve waste management practices in the northern Tasmania area.

Eligible organisations:

  • Schools (primary schools, high schools and senior colleges)
  • Not-for-profit community organisations registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
  • Sole traders, small, medium and large businesses, local governments and local government organisations, and state government organisations (including hospitals and tertiary education institutions).

Eligible organisations must:

  1. Be based and operate in the northern Tasmania area as defined by the council boundaries of Break O’Day, Dorset, George Town, Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands and West Tamar councils.
  2. Be seeking to minimise waste to landfill from either their operations or activities in the northern Tasmanian community.

Application Process:

  1. Read the guidelines
  2. Check your organisation & project eligibility
  3. Complete the application form, including any supporting documents such as cost estimates
  4. Email your completed application to [email protected] before 3.00pm on the 25th of September 2018.

Applications will be assessed by a panel of experienced practitioners from the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group and other relevant expert organisations against the following criteria:

  • Community benefit – how the project benefits the northern Tasmanian community;
    Project duration – how long the project will provide a benefit to the Tasmanian community;
    Commitment – the applicant’s commitment to improving waste management and recycling;
    Landfill diversion – how the project leads to an improvement in resource recovery or waste minimisation;
    Value for money – the financial value of the project compared to the expected benefits;
    Cash contributions to the project, and;
    Where bin infrastructure is to be installed, assessment that the bins meet the Australian Standards for bin colours (AS 4123-2006 part 7).

Northern Tasmania – Waste NoT Awards 2018

Have you, your school, or your business made an effort to change the way you manage your waste?

The Waste Not Awards 2018 recognises and rewards schools, individuals and organisations who have improved their waste management practices in the 2017/2018 financial year.

From recycling to re-invention, upcycling and education initiatives, take part to share and celebrate your achievements.

Applicants and their projects must be within the Northern Tasmanian Waste Management Group region comprising Break O’Day, Dorset, George Town, Launceston, Meander Valley, Northern Midlands and West Tamar municipal areas.


Entries open 2 July and close on August 10th 2018.

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