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9 August 2019
Issue 16

In this issue:

What’s That Smell?
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has released an Odour Emissions Guideline that provides information regarding assessment of odour emissions.
The purpose of the Odour Emissions Guideline (June 2019) is to ensure adequate odour data and information are provided to the Department when assessing odour impact as part of an application under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

The Guideline only deals with odour impacts as an amenity or nuisance issue, and should be read in conjunction with regulatory framework guidance material (links to these documents can be found in the Guideline). DWER is hosting an information session on the new guidelines.

DWER Information Session: Odour Emissions Guideline
Date:    Tuesday, 20 August
Time:    12:20pm to 1:50pm
Venue:  Prime House, 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup

If you would like to attend this session, please email the Department to register indicating the name(s) and contact information of those attending, and which organisation you represent. It is essential to register to secure a place at the presentation.
If you have any questions or concerns, please email the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
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 Thursday, 26 September.
To contribute to the WALGA Submission, email Manager, Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call (08) 9213 2063 by 5:00pm Friday, 23 August.
July CDS at Events
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 July, the Waste Team swept into Port Hedland and took part in the annual Spinifex Spree Carnival. The Town Oval was buzzing with live music, local artists and carnival rides, as well as a swathe of food trucks and market stalls. Minister Stephen Dawson was among the Hedlanders champing at the bit to get their 10 cents refund, and in just two days the community collected 1513 containers.

At the Old Perth Road Markets in the Town of Bassendean, many of the locals arrived with bags and boxes teeming with containers and were delighted to hear that WA’s Container Deposit Scheme, Cash for Containers, would be commencing on 2 June 2020. Minister Dave Kelly was present to cheer on the community and behold their superb effort in collecting a whopping 3018 containers.

Be 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.
Reminder: Regional Waste Summit EOI
WALGA is seeking expressions of interest from non-metropolitan Local Governments wanting to showcase 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.
That’s a Wrap
The Plastic Free July campaign, led by the Plastic Free Foundation, has wrapped up the global event for another year, edging forward to a world without plastic waste.
The Plastic Free July movement for 2019 has officially concluded, and has been a global success. With over 230 million people participating in the event worldwide, the reduction of single use plastics has increased significantly from previous years.

For more information about the Plastic Free July campaign, or how to participate in next year’s event, visit the Plastic Free July website.
The Softer Side of Tassie
Tasmania’s first soft plastic recycling plant opens in the industrial hub of Bell Bay.
Tasmania has a large industrial and commercial industry sector that produces a lot of soft plastic waste, much of which could not be locally recycled before Envorinex opened a recycling plant in Bell Bay.

The design of the new Bell Bay plant includes a washing system that is suited to post-consumer and industrial products, however the company will be sourcing materials from agriculture, aquaculture, horticulture and industrial industries.

The plant can process a variety of plastic films including silage wrap, plastic film, fertiliser bags, shrink wrap and plastic bags, turning them into plastic pellets. The plastic pellets will be used in the manufacture of products such as permeable pavement grids and fence posts that can be sold back into the markets they were sourced from.
More information is available here.
Pigs are the Solution
Home to 23 million people, Shanghai is the first city in China to begin a push to establish an urban waste sorting system that is anticipated to raise the country’s recycling rate.
Shanghai generates 22,000 tonnes of household waste each day that, according to new rules implemented on 1 July, must be sorted into one of four colour-coded bins; dry, wet, recyclable and hazardous.

While the categories may be clear, the rules are not. Chicken bones should go into the wet waste bin, but pork bones are considered dry waste. Cell phone batteries are harmful waste but older batteries go into the dry garbage.

While some residents have been grappling with the question, “What kind of trash are you?”, others have come up with a rule of thumb to make categorising waste simpler. If a pig can eat it, it goes into the wet bin. If a pig cannot, it is dry waste. If a pig is likely to die from eating it, the waste is hazardous. If you could sell it and buy a pig with the funds, it is recyclable waste.
Click here to read the 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:
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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