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14 June 2019
Issue 12

In this issue:

LG Focus: Turning the Tide on Plastic
The City of Rockingham has adopted a Single-Use Plastics and Balloons Policy along with the supporting guideline Turn the Tide on Plastic.
The City has taken a positive step towards protecting its unique coastline after Council adopted the Single-Use Plastics and Balloons Policy in May. The Policy will apply to all City operations, any events held in public places and all traders operating with a permit issued by the City.

The Guideline will support the implementation of the Policy and assist anyone wishing to minimise their usage of single-use plastic. The Policy and the Guideline are available here.
For more information, email Sustainability Officer, Emma Saikovski or call on (08) 9528 0333.
LG Focus: The Best They've Ever Bin!
The Shire of Augusta Margaret River has launched an education campaign The Best We’ve Ever Bin to introduce a mandatory three-bin FOGO service.
The rollout of bins has already begun and the new three-bin FOGO service will commence from Monday, 1 July. To educate their residents, the Shire has developed an engaging education campaign supported by an animation with an addictive jingle.

For more details, visit the Shire of Augusta Margaret River website or follow their journey on social media.
LG Focus: Landfill Harmonic
The Town of Victoria Park is providing a special opportunity for the community to share in one small town’s inspiring journey from trash to triumph.
The Town, in partnership with CINE VIVO Perth Independent Latino Film Festival, is presenting the Landfill Harmonic: A Symphony of the Human Spirit documentary that follows the story of children living next to the Cateura landfill in Asunción, Paraguay.

Sheer ingenuity has led this Paraguayan community to create musical instruments made entirely out of garbage, and from these humble beginnings, they formed the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura that now tours internationally.

Click here to view the trailer and to find out more about the event.
Waste Plans are Coming
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is developing Local Government Waste Plans and is seeking feedback from all Local Governments.
A headline objective of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (WARR Strategy 2030) is to implement Local Government waste planning that aligns with the WARR Strategy 2030, and the Action Plan 2030

The purpose of Waste Plans is to improve waste management planning across Local Government to:
  • Align Local Government waste management activities with the objectives and targets of the WARR Strategy 2030
  • Positively impact municipal solid waste recovery rates
  • Encourage Local Governments to adopt better practice and Waste Authority preferred approaches to waste management.
Local Governments and Regional Councils in the Perth and Peel regions and the major regional centres of Albany, Bunbury, Busselton, Greater Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder, will be required to develop Waste Plans in the first phase of their roll out.

To support Local Governments in developing their Waste Plans, the Department has developed a draft waste plans resource kit, which includes Waste Plan templates; guidance on completing the templates and information about the Waste Plan process, timing and reporting requirements. 

Stakeholder forums will be held in July/August to provide Local Governments with the opportunity to be engaged in:
  • Informing the Waste Plans process
  • Influencing the development of the draft waste plans resource kit
  • Voicing aspirations and providing feedback.
Invitations to participate in engagement forums will be sent to all Local Governments in July.
For further information, email the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
Local Government Waste Management – Service Delivery
The WA Local Government Association has been advised that the Office of the Auditor General will be undertaking an audit of Waste Management Service Delivery in Local Government.
WA’s revised Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 was published in February. It outlines three key objectives and targets to ‘avoid’ waste generation, ‘recover’ resources and values from waste, and ‘protect’ the environment.

Local Government entities have a key role to help the State progress best practice waste management approaches and encourage community participation.

The objective of this audit is to determine whether Local Government entities plan and deliver effective waste management services to their communities.

The Office of the Auditor General will focus on the following lines of inquiry:
  • Are waste services planned to minimise waste and meet community expectations?
  • Do Local Government entities deliver effective waste services?
  • Does the State Government provide adequate support for local waste planning and service delivery?
Tabling is anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2019.
For further details, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call on (08) 9213 2063.
Kimberley Waste Summit
The WA Local Government Association, with support from the Shire of Broome and Cleanaway, held the Kimberley Waste Summit on Friday, 31 May.
The event, held in Broome, began with an official opening by WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson MLC and brought together high profile speakers that highlighted local initiatives and opportunities. Participants were from a variety of Local Governments, State Government Departments, the waste industry and the community.

Prior to the Summit, attendees were provided the opportunity to tour the Cleanaway Materials Recovery Facility as well as the Shire’s Landfill Facility.

Pictured: Kimberley Waste Summit attendees enjoying the sights of the Broome Landfill Facility.

Regional Waste Summit EOI

Given the success of events held in Kalgoorlie (2018) and Broome (2019), WALGA is seeking expressions of interest from non-metropolitan Local Governments interested in showcasing local, innovative approaches to waste management at a regional Waste Summit in May 2020 or May 2021.

Please email your completed Expression of Interest to Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown by 5:00pm, Friday, 16 August.
More information is available from the WasteNet website. Click here to download the Expression of Interest form.
Plastic Consultation Session
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 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.
DWER Consultation on Mandatory Use of Weighbridges
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is proposing mandatory use of weighbridges by any landfills receiving WARR Levy eligible material.
DWER has identified a number of significant issues with the current methods for calculating leviable waste and has released a Consultation 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.

DWER Consultation Session

Date:        Tuesday, 2 July
Time:        1:30pm to 2:30pm
Venue:      DWER, Ground Floor Training Room, Prime House, 8 Davidson         
                 Terrace, Joondalup  

To register your attendance, please contact Sarah Gill, DWER by 5:00pm Friday, 21 June.
The deadline to provide a submission to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is 5:00pm Wednesday, 24 July.
The Definitive Guide to CDS Infrastructure
The Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage, on behalf of the Western Australian Planning Commission, has released a Position Statement for Container Deposit Scheme Infrastructure in Western Australia.
The Position Statement sets out how container deposit scheme infrastructure should be considered and assessed in the Western Australian planning system. It also provides guidance to both proponents and decision-makers on the location and implementation of scheme infrastructure.

Local Governments are encouraged to consider the adoption of the Model Local Planning Policy as outlined in the Position Statement. 
The State Government has also released the indicative locations for refund points across the State (available in Appendix 2 of Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Consultation Summary).
Click here to download a copy of the Position Statement for Container Deposit Scheme Infrastructure.
Making Sense of Illegal Dumping
WALGA in collaboration with members of its Reduce Illegal Dumping Working Group (RIDWG) has developed a Model Process for Illegal Dumping.
The Model Process is designed to facilitate a consistent Local Government response to illegally dumped material as well as presenting an overview of legislative framework, roles and responsibilities. It also provides an avenue to formalise the approach a Local Government will use to address illegal dumping at private property and State/Federal Government property.

The Model Process for Illegal Dumping is available from WALGA on request.
To make a request or to find out more about the RIDWG, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call on (08) 9213 2063.
Broome Time
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.
Live music, art, children’s activities and food took over the Shire of Broome’s Male Oval as the community came together for the annual Reconciliation Festival.
While sharing in the celebration of the Shire’s unique cultural heritage, the WALGA Waste Team were also busy meeting some of the locals who had made collecting CDS eligible containers a family event. After learning all about recycling right in school, one young champion collector brought in his stash and helped the Team collect 122 containers.

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.
The Not So New Kid on the Block
Waste Authority Chairman Marcus Geisler has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council.
The appointment, confirmed at a special Council meeting on Thursday, 30 May, follows the resignation of former CEO Peter Schneider in November 2018 and a thorough recruitment process. Mr Geisler is due to take up his new position on Monday, 15 July.

Mr Geisler has extensive experience in the waste and recycling industry in Australia and overseas with particular emphasis on the recycling of construction and demolition waste. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, having held director and senior management positions with Coates Hire, Thiess and SITA, Western Australia’s largest waste management company.

A Waste Authority member since 2008, he was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2011-12 and has been the Authority’s Chairman since 2014.
More information is available here.
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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