View in your browser
2 OCTOBER 2020
Issue 20

In this issue:

A Consultation Smorgasbord
WALGA is hosting a consultation on the review of WARR Act 2007, the Auditor General Waste Management - Service Delivery report and the recently released Waste Derived Materials Framework (Waste Not Want Not).
This session will include an outline of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act) Review, the Auditor General Waste Management – Service Delivery report and the Waste Derived Material Framework (more details in the next article).

WALGA is developing a submission on the WARR Act Review and Waste Derived Material Framework as well as a response to the Auditor General report.

During the session, Local Governments will have the opportunity to ask questions about each of the documents and provide feedback.

Date:      Thursday, 15 October
Time:      9:30am to 11:00am
Venue:   Online - register here
For more information, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
Waste Not Want Not
The McGowan Government is seeking community feedback on the proposed legislative framework for waste-derived materials.
The proposed framework will encourage use of fit-for-purpose waste-derived materials and support Western Australia's move to a circular economy. Currently waste-derived materials cannot be used for purposes such as fill without potentially creating landfill levy obligations or triggering licensing requirements.

Public consultation on the proposed framework will give stakeholders an opportunity to have their say on the framework and proposed changes to the Environmental Protection Act 1986, Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 and Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Levy Act 2007

To review the Discussion Paper 'Waste not, want not - Valuing waste as a resource - Proposed legislative framework for waste-derived materials' and for information about submissions, click here

The consultation closes on Friday, 18 December.
To view the media release, click here.
Still Time to Comment - Better Practice Composting
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is producing a series of industry specific guidelines to provide external stakeholders further information on how the department carries out its regulatory functions under Part V Division 3 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
The draft Guideline: Better practice composting is the first guideline developed in the series.  The guideline was developed by the department in collaboration with the Western Australian branch of the Australian Organics Recycling Association.

DWER is currently seeking feedback on the content of the draft Guideline: Better practice composting. The consultation period will end at 5:00pm on Wednesday, 25 November.
For more information about the draft guideline, visit the DWER website.
Flying Feasts and Farming Food
In the war against food waste, flies and cockroaches are being enlisted to help upcycle organic waste into high-value feed protein and organic fertiliser products.
The Waste Not Food Recycling facility in Broome has received $100,000 from the WA State Government to develop its black soldier fly farm. Under the proposal, organic waste would be collected, processed and fed to fly larvae, upcycling it into protein for feed and fertiliser products.

The project will help to divert organic waste going to landfill in Broome, create a protein product for the local pastoral and aquaculture industries, provide an organic fertiliser to improve degraded soils, and give a boost to the northern Australian regional economy. 

But wait. Just a hop, skip and a jump north of the Kimberley, a farm in eastern China is home to 1 billion cockroaches. Inside four industrial-sized hangars the cockroaches dine on up to 50 tonnes of Michelin star food waste each day. Ground up cockroaches have long been an ingredient featured in Chinese medicine and are now being trialled on the daily menus of the resident poultry, pigs and fish.

Black soldier fly babies have a voracious appetite, with one larva able to speedily munch its way through half a gram of organic matter per day.

Larvae will happily devour rotting fruit, vegetables, and meats, and quickly convert these common household wastes into a rich source of fats, oils, amino acids, calcium and protein.

One adult female can have up to 600 larvae which is enough protein power to eat through the entire contents of a 240L kerbside bin filled with organic delights. (Image credit: Bryan Lessard/CSIRO)
To see the full media release, click here.
The Final Container
WALGA staff attended the final promotional event for the Container Deposit Scheme at the City of Stirling, as people rushed to hand in their containers before the commencement of the Container Deposit Scheme.
WALGA attended its final Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) at Events on Saturday, 19 September, where residents from the City of Stirling brought all the containers they had to get some cash before the commencement of the Scheme on Thursday, 1 October.

This concludes a program which commenced in January 2019, where WALGA received funding from the State Government to promote the CDS at Local Government events.

WALGA has attended 38 events and, working with Local Government, collected nearly 100,000 containers. Thank you to all the Local Governments and WALGA Preferred Suppliers who have been part of making this program a success! 

The pictures below were taken by the WALGA Waste Team at the various promotional events of the Container Deposit Scheme.

City of Stirling celebrates Cash for Containers.

From top left: Shire of York and Shire of Denmark. From bottom left: Shire of Ravensthorpe, Shire of Broome and Shire of Boyup Brook.

From top left: City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder and City of Bunbury. From bottom left: Shire of Gnowangerup, City of Armadale and City of Wanneroo.

From top left: Shire of Augusta Margaret River, City of Melville and City of Subiaco. From bottom left: City of Albany and Town of Port Hedland.

From top left: Shire of Capel and Shire of Mundaring. From bottom left: City of Perth, Shire of Denmark and Town of Bassendean.

From top left: Shire of Pingelly and Town of Port Hedland.From bottom left: Shire of Wagin, City of Wanneroo and City of Mandurah.
If you would like to see more photos taken at the different events, visit the WasteNet website.
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:
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 the WALGA Waste Team.
ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade,
West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
© Copyright Western Australian Local Government Association 2014

This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
WALGA · ONE70, Level 1, Railway Parade · West Leederville, WA 6007 · Australia