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26 JULY 2019
Issue 15

In this issue:

LG Focus: Plastic Free Albany
This Plastic Free July (PFJ), the City of Albany enthusiastically took on the challenge and developed a variety of plastic-free initiatives inspired by their local Sustainable Heroes campaign.
Week 1: Staff were treated to a low-waste lunch accompanied by a presentation delivered by local Sustainable Hero Tess Bryant who shared some handy tips for PFJ success. All staff who attended received a starter kit with a bamboo straw and a reusable fresh produce bag.

Week 2: The Coffee Cup Challenge. Staff who needed a bit of encouragement to ditch the disposables were nominated by their colleagues to receive a reusable coffee cup and will report back on how they went with their new habit.

Week 3: Staff will try using reusable fresh produce bags when they do their grocery shopping.

Week 4: A collation of suggestions from staff on ways the City can take steps to decrease unnecessary plastic waste.

For more information, email City of Albany Marketing Officer, Rachel Handasyde or call (08) 6820 3009.
Make Change with WA CDS
WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd has been appointed WA’s Scheme Coordinator and will launch Containers for Change in June 2020 to help increase recycling and reduce litter.
Containers for Change, run by not-for-profit WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd, is the branding that will be used for the Container Deposit Scheme.

From 2 June 2020, Western Australians will be able to return and recycle their eligible containers at any Containers for Change refund point and will receive a 10 cents refund per container. More information on WA’s Container Deposit Scheme, as well as a list of eligible and excluded beverage containers, is available on the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation website.

The Scheme Coordinator has indicated that an array of refund points will be available - from over-the-counter depots providing on-the-spot refunds, to 'Bag Drops' that provide the convenience of a 'drop and go' facility with refunds deposited into customers' nominated bank accounts once their containers are counted. Mobile refund points and reverse vending machines will also be in operation.

More than 170 full-time or flexible refund points will be open for business on 2 June next year, with 229 refund points to be open by the end of the Scheme’s first year. Potential operators will need to participate in the Scheme Coordinator’s open market application process

WALGA will be hosting a Briefing Session for Local Government Officers, Elected Members and contractors.

Briefing Session: Procurement of the CDS Network
Date:    Wednesday, 14 August
Time:    2:00pm to 4:00pm
Venue: WALGA, ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville

Click here to find out more and register your attendance. This briefing session can be attended in person or online via GoToWebinar.

To find out more about how you can be involved in WA’s Container Deposit Scheme, Containers for Change, visit the WA Return Recycle Renew Ltd website.
Comment on Waste Plans
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation draft Waste Plans Resource Kit, which includes a guidance document and template Local Government Waste Plan, has been released for comment.
As part of this consultation process, Local Governments have the opportunity to provide a written submission on the draft Waste Plans Resource Kit (via email). The submissions period closes on 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.
Byte Me
The Waste Authority has released a draft Waste Data Strategy for comment.
Until now the Waste Authority and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) have had no single overarching guidance regarding what types of waste data should be collected, or how it should be reported, stored and used. The Waste Data Strategy is a supporting document of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (WARR Strategy) and accompanying Action Plan.

It provides information about the principles, objectives and specific actions which will be undertaken by the Waste Authority and the DWER in relation to waste data, in order to implement the Action Plan and achieve the targets and objectives of the WARR Strategy.

The Waste Data Strategy will also guide the Waste Authority and the DWER’s interactions and engagement with other stakeholders that are involved in, and critical to, waste data activities.

WALGA is developing a Submission on the draft Waste Data Strategy. To contribute to the WALGA Submission, email Waste Management Support Officer, Candy Wong or call (08) 9213 2086 by 5:00pm Monday, 12 August.

For further information on the Waste Data Strategy, Local Governments are invited to attend a webinar.

Information Session: Waste Data Strategy
Date:     Friday, 23 August
Time:    10:00am to 10:30am
Venue:  Webinar (to connect to the broadcast please use the following Skype link. Skype software is not required to attend.)

Local Governments are encouraged to provide a written submission to the DWER via email by Friday, 6 September.
Please email Acting Manager Policy, Cara Francis or call (08) 6364 6919 if you require further information on the Waste Data Strategy.
I see RED, I see RED, I see RED
Round two of the Regional Economic Development (RED) Grants program is now open.
RED Grants are targeted at community-driven projects that create jobs and boost economic growth across regional Western Australia and could potentially be applicable to waste management related projects.

Up to $250,000 is available for individual projects that align with regional priorities, promote sustainable jobs, partnerships, productivity, skills and capability, as well as stimulate new investment in industry diversification.

Applications for round two close on 13 September.
More information about the RED Grants program, including guidelines, eligibility and application details, is available through each Regional Development Commission website.
I Left my Reusable Cup in San Francisco
The City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors is preparing to introduce the San Francisco Reuse Ordinance that will take bold steps to reduce plastic waste by incentivising reusable beverage cups and food service ware.
The legislation would promote the use of reusable cups and containers through a 25 cents fee on single-use cups and containers, subject to conditions, and requires reusable food service ware for all on-site dining.

Once the legislation is passed, it would also address the waste generated from online and app-enabled food delivery services by obligating these services to require that customers ‘opt in’ to requesting single-use food ware accessories such as utensils and condiment packets.
For more information, contact the City and County of San Francisco.
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:
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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