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This project involved the implementation of a waste management plan for two remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Western Australia. The project enabled the participating communities to enhance community cleanliness, maintain and increase the life of the rubbish tip and recycle rubbish where possible. The project was ran by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT), in partnership with the Waste Authority (through the Waste Management Branch of the Department of Environment).
During the project two particular issues of community concern were identified:
From February to June 2012, CAT developed and implemented a program to improve household hazardous wastes in Bayulu and Muludja. The community engagement process identified was the lack of a secure facility for household hazardous waste separation and storage and the need for more education about hazardous wastes. As a result of this, CAT designed and constructed household hazardous waste facilities in each community. In order to promote use of the facilities, and provide information to residents about household hazardous wastes, information sessions were conducted by local environmental health educator, Tamela Vestergaard of Karrayili Adult Education in Fitzroy Crossing. The sessions were followed up by a community wastes roundup, collecting both household hazardous wastes and other bulky wastes.
The success of the project relied on community support, local government support and ongoing community engagement, education and monitoring.
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