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10 February 2017
Issue 25

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In this issue...

Waste Certified
WALGA is pleased to introduce a Certificate III in Waste Management, a nationally recognised qualification developed for those working in waste management, Local Government, or the private sector.
Delivered by Franklyn Scholar, the qualification will provide a hands on approach on a broad range of different areas of waste management activities, suitable for those working directly in the waste management area at a practical level, such as landfills, transfer stations or waste treatment facilities.

The first intake for the Cert III will begin in March.
For more information email Manager, Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063 or visit the website.
Plastic Bag Banter
How is Local Government impacted by plastic pollution and is there support of a Statewide ban on plastic shopping bags?
In late 2016 MWAC wrote to all Local Government Mayors and Presidents with a copy of the Plastic Pollution Discussion Paper to gauge support for action on plastic bags. Thank you to those Local Governments who have already provided feedback.
If your Council has not yet considered this matter, there is still time. Local Governments are invited to provide feedback on what actions they are taking to address the impacts of plastic pollution, whether they support a Statewide ban on single use plastic shopping bags or if they would consider introducing a Plastic Bag Local Law.
Feedback can be sent to Waste Management Specialist, Heather Squire by Friday, 31 March.
Community Waste Grants Funding
Community based groups with an interest in waste management projects, including local interest and environmental groups, are encouraged to apply for a grant from the Waste Authority’s Community Grants Scheme (CGS).
Applications are assessed by the ability of the project to reduce waste generation and/or recover and recycle resources. All the relevant documents relating to the Scheme, including application forms and guidelines, are available on the Waste Authority website.

Applications close 12:00pm Friday, 24 February.
For more information, email Waste Authority Grants Officer or call 6467 5318.
Asbestos Case Studies Call
The Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA) is seeking Local Government input to identify significant or important asbestos removal projects that have occurred in the last five years.
These may be significant because of their size or their public profile, or they may be important because they demonstrate best practice or innovative methods.

Examples of significant or important asbestos removal cases are to include:
  • if possible, with the name of the building/development, location of asbestos removal, year, volume of asbestos and any other information you see as useful, and
  • the contact details of anyone who would be useful to speak with to find out more information about any of the case studies mentioned.
If your Local Government has a suitable asbestos removal case study, please provide a brief outline by email to Matthew Allan or call (08) 8294 5571 by Tuesday, 28 February.
E-waste takes the podium
In the lead up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, old mobile phones and other e-waste are being collected to make medals for the games.
The organising committee aims to collect eight tonnes of gold, silver and bronze from e-waste component metals collected at recycling bins across Japan from April to make 5,000 Olympic and Paralympic medals.

E-waste including digital cameras, laptops and games units can be donated at collection boxes in offices and more than 2000 mobile phone stores of Olympic sponsor NTT DoCoMo.
For more information, visit the Tokyo 2020 website.
Waste is the word!
Want to share your waste management successes, promote a new project, have a key question answered or collaborate with other Local Governments?  We want to include your waste management issues in this newsletter!

Please submit your content to WALGA's Waste Management Support Officer Ariane Katscherian.
Did you know there is a Municipal Waste Advisory Council?
The Municipal Waste Advisory Council (MWAC) is a standing committee of WALGA with delegated authority on municipal waste issues. MWAC's membership includes the major Regional Councils (waste management), making MWAC a unique forum through which all the major Local Government waste management organisations cooperate.

MWAC members are:
Bunbury Harvey Regional Council
City of Greater Geraldton
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council
Mindarie Regional Council
Rivers Regional Council
Western Metropolitan Regional Council
Southern Metropolitan Regional Council
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