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12 JULY 2019
WALGA
Issue 14

In this issue:
Events:

 
Hazardous Waste Day Success!
The Cities of Wanneroo, Gosnells, Melville, Belmont and Busselton each hosted a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) temporary collection day in June.
The wet June weather didn’t dampen public interest in dropping off unwanted household hazardous materials, with 2659 vehicles attending across five events and collecting 75,543 kilograms of HHW!
 
The main materials collected at all the events were paint (66%), LPG gas cylinders (13%), pesticides (5%) and both household batteries and flammable liquids, which made up 3% each.
 
The focus for the Program in the coming years will be to provide more public access to HHW drop off locations, either through new permanent facilities or hosting more temporary collection events.

For more information on the HHW Program, email MWAC Project Coordinator, Tazra Hawkins or call (08) 9213 2062.
 
Waste Not Consultation
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is seeking public comments on legislation reforms to support the use of waste-derived materials in Western Australia.
The Department has released an Issues Paper 'Waste Not, Want Not: Valuing Waste as a Resource' that outlines possible reforms to encourage the use of fit-for-purpose waste-derived materials, provide greater certainty about when waste-derived materials will trigger licensing and Levy obligations, and progress WA's move to a circular economy.
 
Local Governments are encouraged to comment, as responses will help develop a preferred legislative option for waste-derived materials. The Department must receive submissions by Wednesday, 4 September.
To contribute to the WALGA Submission, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call (08) 9213 2063 by 5:00pm Tuesday, 6 August.
 
Compulsory Data Reporting
Regulations have now been amended to require Local Governments, recyclers and large non-metropolitan landfills to report waste and recycling data to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER).
The reporting requirements for Local Governments are similar to the current sector reporting regime through the Local Government Census.
 
Local Governments, recyclers and large non-metropolitan landfills will need to keep records and report on the 2019-20 financial year. The due date for the 2019-20 annual return will be Tuesday, 1 October 2020. The Department has committed to delivering an online reporting system by June 2020, and this will be the approved form for the lodgement of annual returns.

The Regulations and relevant information about how to report are available from the DWER website.
For further information, email the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
 
Express Yourself
Expressions of Interest are sought 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.
This type of event has been successfully delivered in Kalgoorlie (2018) and Broome (2019), with approximately 50-60 attendees participating at each event. The Summit itself is a one-day event, with the possibility of a half to full day tour of local facilities.
 
Click here to download the Expression of Interest form or visit the WasteNet website for more information.

Pictured: Kimberley Waste Summit attendees touring the Cleanaway (previously Toxfree) material recovery facility.
Please email your completed Expression of Interest to Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown by 5:00pm, Friday, 16 August.
 
Local Government Waste Plans Have Arrived
The draft Waste Plans Resource Kit, which includes a guidance document and template Local Government Waste Plan, has been released for comment.
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has contacted Local Government CEO’s with an invitation to attend a stakeholder forum to discuss the Resource Kit and Plans.
 
These forums will provide the opportunity to inform the requirements to develop waste plans, influence the development of the resource kit, and provide feedback on issues and aspirations.

The forums are being held:
  • Workshop 1 - Tuesday, 30 July (9:00am to 12:00pm) - Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Ground Floor, 8 Davidson Road, Joondalup 6027
  • Workshop 2 - Wednesday, 31 July (9:00am to 12:00pm) - Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, Regional Resource Recovery Centre, 350 Bannister Rd, Canning Vale 6155
  • Webinar - Thursday, 1 August (9:00am to 11:00am) - Details to be emailed once RSVP is received.
RSVPs can be made by emailing the Department and must be received by 5:00pm, Thursday, 18 July.  

As part of this consultation process, Local Governments also have the opportunity to provide a written submission on the draft Waste Plans Resource Kit (via email). The submissions period closes on Thursday, 26 September.

To contribute to the WALGA Submission, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call (08) 9213 2063 by 5:00pm Tuesday, 6 August.
 
All On Board for WA’s Waste Authority
The Governor, on the recommendation of the Minister for Environment, has appointed five new members to the Waste Authority.
The new board will comprise of Chair Reg, Howard-Smith (former Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia Chief Executive Officer); Deputy Chair, Lee Broomhall (Chief Executive Officer, Workpower); along with members Kelly Howlett (Chief Executive Officer, Bloodwood Tree Association), Tim Youé (Chief Executive Officer, Southern Metropolitan Regional Council) and Dr Joshua Byrne (Director, Josh Byrne & Associates).
 

Pictured (left to right): Reg Howard-Smith, Lee Broomhall, Kelly Howlett, Tim Youé and Dr Joshua Byrne.
The media statement is available here.
 
Remember to Register!
Register now if you would like to participate in the collection network for WA’s Container Deposit Scheme.
The register can be used by Local Governments, community groups and any other organisations to connect and create partnerships within the collection network including donation points, refund points, transport and processing facilities.
 
WALGA has put together specific information for Local Governments on the scheme here.
To share the services you are offering or seeking, register your organisation’s interest via the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation online register.
 
The Scourge of Nappy Contamination
A survey conducted by the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) found that one in ten parents admits to disposing of soiled nappies in with their recycling rather than residual waste.
The research suggests widespread confusion about correct nappy disposal. 10% of parents with children under three years of age think nappies should go in a bin other than general waste.
 
Labelling on nappy packaging is at the heart of the confusion, with more than a third of those who have discarded nappies in with their recycling saying that it’s because the packaging shows the recycling logo. Half of all respondents believed that nappies marketed as ‘biodegradable’ or ‘compostable’ were recyclable in some form.
 
NLWA is now calling on manufacturers to make it clearer on packaging, and through their marketing communications, that nappies must go in the general waste bin. As well as working with nappy manufacturers, NLWA will be enlisting the help of health services, toddler playcentres and parenting groups to help promote – #BinYourNappy – a new campaign to help remind and encourage parents to dispose of used nappies with their general waste.
Click here to read the full article.
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.
 
 
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:
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