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31 May 2019
Issue 11

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Waste & Recycle Conference 2019 – Call for abstracts is now open
The Program Committee welcomes your abstracts for this year’s Waste & Recycle Conference.
Through the abstract portal you can submit an abstract for one of the three Conference streams or enter the Perfect Pitch (a new concept introduced for the first time in 2019).
Procurement and market development – this stream focuses on how to develop markets, new ways of dealing with problematic waste, sustainable procurement, designing out problems and using recycled material.
Better Practice – in this stream we will explore a range of different areas, from landfills to kerbside collection, seeking better practice approaches to delivering key outcomes.
Education and behaviour change – for this stream we will delve into research and examine practical options for education and behaviour change relating to all aspects of waste management.
Perfect Pitch – Do you have the Perfect Pitch? – The Waste & Recycle Conference is proud to present the first Waste Management Perfect Pitch – five Waste Management ‘Sharks’ will each have $2,000 incl. GST to invest in your potential enterprise, all you need to do is convince them that your idea is the next big waste management solution!
The deadline for online submission is Thursday, 27 June. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Committee and authors notified by mid-August.

Click here to find out more information or to submit an abstract.
Weighty Proposals
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is proposing mandatory use of weighbridges by any landfills receiving WARR Levy eligible material.
The DWER has identified a number of significant issues with the current methods for calculating leviable waste and has released a discussion paper that proposes amendments to the WARR Levy Regulations to require the use of weighbridges for Category 63, 64 and 65 landfill premises.  

WALGA is drafting a Submission on the proposed amendments. To contribute to the WALGA Submission, please email Heather Squire, Waste Management Specialist by 5:00pm Tuesday, 18 June.
The deadline to provide a Submission to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is 5:00pm Wednesday, 24 July.
Let’s Talk About Plastics
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 community are invited to learn more about single-use plastics by attending one of 10 workshops being held by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) across Western Australia. Local Governments are encouraged to advertise these sessions to their communities.

The deadline to provide feedback to the DWER on the Issues Paper is Friday,
12 July. Prior to this, WALGA will be hosting a Consultation Session on Monday, 24 June, where Local Government Officers and Elected Members can discuss the DWER Issues Paper and the WALGA Plastic Reduction Guideline.

To contribute to the WALGA Submission, please email Heather Squire, Waste Management Specialist or call (08) 9213 2069 by 5:00pm Tuesday,
24 June.
HHW Drop Off Days
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program is holding a free HHW drop off day every Saturday throughout June.
Each event runs from 9:00am to 1:00pm and attendees do not need to be residents of the host Local Government to be able to attend an event and drop off their HHW for FREE. The details of each event are as follows:
  • City of Wanneroo - Saturday 1 June, at the Ashby Operations Centre, 1204 Wanneroo Rd, Ashby
  • City of Gosnells – Saturday 8 June, at the City of Gosnells Operations Centre Staff Carpark, 1 Canning Park Avenue, Maddington
  • City of Melville – Saturday 15 June, at the City Of Melville Operations Centre 13 Bramanti Road, Murdoch
  • City of Belmont – Saturday 22 June, at the City Of Belmont Operations Centre, 180 Planet Street, Carlisle
  • City of Busselton – Saturday 29 June, at the Busselton Transfer Station, Rendezvous Rd, Vasse.
Materials accepted at the events include paint, pesticides, herbicides and poisons, pool chemicals, household and garden chemicals, flammable liquids, gas bottles, fluorescent tubes, household batteries and more. Only domestic waste will be accepted. Limit 20kg or litres per material type.

More information is available here. For queries, email Tazra Hawkins, MWAC Project Coordinator or call (08) 9213 2062.
May-king a Difference
With funding from the State Government, WALGA is working with Local Governments to continue to increase awareness of the Container Deposit Scheme (CDS) at community events throughout Western Australia.
In May, the WALGA Waste Team took part in the City of Kwinana’s Living Greener event. In amongst the early morning bustle of locals eager to learn practical ways of living a more environmentally sustainable lifestyle, a container-collecting contingent was also rearing and ready to greet the Team.

A memorable trio of trailblazers took on the challenge of cleaning up litter from their local bushland environment and their outstanding efforts made a significant contribution to the 2424 containers collected.
The top recycler of the day at the Toodyay Farmers Market was Tilda, a young local who helped the Team collect 2159 containers. Market day was also a day of surprises when the Team came across one of Toodyay’s not so average residents basking in the sun on top of a recycling bin.

Make sure to visit WasteNet to keep up to date with the CDS at Events or click here for more information on WALGA's involvement with the Scheme.
Litter Reports Go Paperless
The Keep Australia Beautiful Council WA (KABC) is constantly looking for ways to reduce their environmental footprint and one way they are doing this is in reducing the use of paper where practicable.
To support this, KABC will be concluding the use of hard copy litter reports from 1 July. Lodge a litter report through their website or via the Litter Reporter App (available for Android and iPhone).
Visit the KABC website for more information on litter reporting.
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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