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17 May 2019
Issue 10

In this issue:

Thank You Very Mulch!
The West Metro Recycling Centre in Shenton Park is now offering free mulch to its member Local Government residents and to local not-for-profit organisations.
The mulch is processed at the West Metro Recycling Centre from green waste that has come from various sources including member Local Governments of the Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC). The quantity of green waste mulched at the Centre will soon increase once the Town of Mosman Park commences a new garden organics bin service from June this year.

The free mulch is an example of closed loop recycling where residents responsibly dispose of their garden organics and are rewarded with free mulch for their recycling efforts. The mulch generated can also be used in parks and gardens as an efficient way to reuse green waste and reduce water and fertiliser use.  

With proof of residence, member Local Government residents can pick up a free trailer-load of mulch 7 days a week, subject to availability.

Picture caption: Stefan Frodsham (WMRC Chief Executive Officer) digging in with John Cummins (West Metro Recycling Centre Site Supervisor).
More information is available from the WMRC Communications and Education Team or at the website.
Plastic Tactics
The State Government has released an Issues Paper Let’s not draw the short straw reduce single-use plastics that outlines the impacts and potential solutions to single use plastics.
The deadline to provide feedback on the Issues Paper is Friday, 12 July. Prior to this, WALGA will be hosting a Consultation Session where Local Government Officers and Elected Members can discuss the DWER Issues Paper and the WALGA Plastic Reduction Guideline.

Date:               Monday, 24 June
Time:               9:00am to 11:00am (registrations from 8:30am)
Venue:             WALGA , ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville  
Register:         To register your attendance, click here.

This Consultation Session can be attended in person, or online.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) are holding seven community workshops in Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Geraldton, Karratha, Kalgoorlie and Port Hedland. An additional three workshops will be held in the Perth metropolitan area: Cockburn, Joondalup and Perth.

Local Governments are encouraged to advertise these sessions to their communities. Further information is available here.
For more information, please email Heather Squire, Waste Management Specialist or call (08) 9213 2069.
On 14 May the Minister for Environment announced the appointment of the Scheme Coordinator for the Container Deposit Scheme and the Minimum Network Standards.
The Scheme Coordinator will be WA Return Recycle Renew, a newly incorporated not for profit company established by Coca-Cola Amatil Pty Ltd and Lion Pty Ltd. WALGA has previously identified the need for safeguard mechanism to be in place to ensure that the Scheme Coordinator is incentivised to ensure equitable access to the Scheme and to exceed the minimum standards. 
The Network Standards identify that the minimum number of refund points in WA will be 229 (114 full time and 115 flexible refund points) at the end of the first year of operation. This number delivers 1 refund point for approximately every 10,000 people in WA, with good coverage of the metropolitan area. A summary from the Consultation on the Network was also released and includes indicative refund point allocations by region; to see what coverage is likely in your region, review Appendix 2 of the Consultation Summary.

WALGA is concerned about the potentially low levels of service offered for the non-metropolitan area and the limited opening hours for full time refund points at weekends – when it is most convenient for many people to return their containers. WALGA will continue advocacy on these issues and is also seeking assurance from the Government about how many refund points will be open for the community to redeem their deposits on day one of the Scheme – as the Minimum Network Standards appear to only require one per Region.
For more information, please email Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Recycling or call (08) 9213 2063.
Waste Authority all go on FOGO
The Waste Authority has released a position statement supporting Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) collection systems provided by Local Governments to households.
Food organics and garden organics constitutes a large percentage of all waste generated by households and the recovery of these organic materials can make a significant contribution to meeting the objectives and the municipal solid waste material recovery targets outlined in the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (WARR Strategy 2030).

The Waste Authority is committed to encouraging best-practice three-bin FOGO services to maximise the recovery of valuable materials from the waste stream, deliver economic and environmental benefits, and help support the achievement of the WARR Strategy 2030 targets.

Visit the Waste Authority website for more information.
July is coming
Plastic Free July is less than two months away. Which plastics will you choose to refuse this year?
Plastic Free July (PFJ) is gearing up for their biggest year ever and will be launching a brand new website in June featuring more shared stories and support for participants.

In the meantime, PFJ have given their brand identity a refresh and their new logos, badges and posters are now available from here. Anyone can sign up to the PFJ Challenge and make use of the free resources available on their website, however PFJ will soon be offering new paid packages tailored specifically for Local Governments.

Last year millions of people from 177 countries around the globe joined the challenge and collectively made a huge impact in reducing plastic waste. With the countdown to 1 July well underway, PFJ is encouraging everyone to get involved this year in whatever capacity no matter how big or small their commitment.

To find out more, head over to the Plastic Free July 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 the WALGA WasteTeam.
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:
ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade,
West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
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