East Arnhem Shire Council (EASC) is among three other NT Councils, to have been awarded a Keep Australia Beautiful Beverage ContainerRecycling Grant to help increase public place recycling in East Arnhem Land.
The grant, fundedby Coca-Cola, were open to all communities across Australia with up to $10,000 per applicant available for projects that could demonstrate they would result in a measurable diversion of beverage containers out of landfill, through increased recycling in local communities.
EASC Chief Executive Officer Ian Bodill said that the with all 9 communities within the EASC participating in the NT Tidy Towns Awards this year, the $10,000 recycling grant will complement the trial National Bin Network litter control initiatives within the region.
"This will include the trial of public place recycling infrastructure and services across the 9 communities and includes providing funding for recycling bins at special events".
According to Heimo Schober, KABCNT CEO, “The increased funding for 2012 will allow more local communities in the Territory to have the opportunity to play an active role in increasing the recovery and recycling of beverage containers in their local area, and help keep them out of landfill."
To date, the Beverage Container Recycling Community Grants Program has resulted in almost $800,000 being distributed through the Keep Australia Beautiful Network to over 125 community groups, councils, schools and other organisations Australia wide.