Can Do Communities

Lending a hand to ‘Can Do Communities’

Community groups across the Barwon South West region can now access additional support for waste reduction related activities, with the launch of the new Can Do Communities Program.

Executive Officer, Ashley Pittard said that the Barwon South West Waste and Resource Recovery Group had initiated the program in recognition of the huge contribution community groups make to supporting waste reduction.

“Since the ABC TV War on Waste series first aired, there’s been an increase in awareness around waste generation and what can and can’t be recycled.”

“New groups have formed to help their members and the broader community improve recycling habits, learn new skills and access unpackaged food and groceries. The community has even set up recycling stations to collect items that can be recycled to benefit charities but are not accepted in council provided recycling services.”

“By supporting community groups who are teaching others to make or repair, to grow their own, to compost or worm farm, and to reduce waste and recycle right, we are increasing community resilience, building community networks and helping our community to reduce waste,” said Mr Pittard.

The Can Do Communities program will support community groups with advice, templates, promotion and small grants.  Community groups are welcome to apply for support to grow the range of waste reduction and recycling related activities they offer.

In it’s first year, Can Do Communities will have a total of $5,000 available with individual grants capped at $500 per organisation. For further information and to apply, click here.