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23 August 2019
Issue 17

In this issue:

Whose WARR is it Anyway?
EARLYBIRD registrations for the Waste & Recycle Conference 2019 have been extended until 31 August.
This year’s theme ‘Whose WARR is it Anyway?’ has been chosen to identify the multiple roles and responsibilities that exist in waste management. By acknowledging that there is a shared responsibility for Government, manufacturers, producers, consumers and the community, swift progress can be made by working together to end the WARR on Waste.

For the first time, the Conference will include the Perfect Pitch, a new program item where five Waste Management ‘Sharks’ each have $2000.00 (Incl GST) to invest in potential enterprises that offer waste management solutions – submit your Perfect Pitch by Saturday, 31 August.

The Conference will be held at Crown Towers on Wednesday, 25 September and Thursday, 26 September with tours being hosted on Friday, 27 September. There are a range of registration options available including a limited number of sponsored registration opportunities that are open to students, employees of a charity or social enterprise, and volunteers in waste management fields.

Click here to register.

To find out more about how to get involved, visit the Waste & Recycle Conference 2019 website.
Where’s WARRRL?
The WA Container Deposit Scheme Coordinator, Western Australia Return Recycle Renew Ltd (WARRRL), will be hosting information sessions across the state throughout August.
Containers for Change, Western Australia’s new Container Deposit Scheme, will commence on 2 June 2020. In preparation for commencement, WARRRL has opened registrations for social enterprises, charities, not-for-profits, community groups, commercial entities and other interested parties to apply to become a Refund Point operator, or express interest in becoming a Logistics Provider and/or Processing Provider.

WARRRL has been appointed by the State to set-up and run Containers for Change in Western Australia and will be travelling across WA to provide information about the different ways interested organisations can participate in Containers for Change.

WARRRL Information Sessions: 
23 August - Fremantle
26 August - Bunbury, Kalgoorlie
27 August - Busselton, Esperance
28 August - Northam
29 August - Albany, Broome

Click here to register.

For more information, email Head of External Relations, Hannah Beazley or visit the WARRRL website.
Another COAG in the Wheel
At the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) 47th general meeting, leaders agreed to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres.
The ban will not be immediate, however Environment Ministers have committed to establish a timeline to phase out the export of priority recyclable waste such as plastics, paper, glass and tyres.

Leaders agreed the strategy must seek to reduce waste, especially plastics, decrease the amount of waste going to landfill and maximise the capability of our domestic waste management and recycling sector to collect, recycle, reuse, convert and recover waste. The path that lies ahead will likely include major scale support for reprocessing and re-manufacturing infrastructure, unprecedented public sector purchasing of recycled content products and incentives for domestic use of recyclate.

COAG also agreed the strategy should draw on the best science, research and commercial experience, including that of agencies like the CSIRO and the work of Cooperative Research Centres.
The COAG meeting communiqué is available here.
Partners in Crime
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has partnered with Crime Stoppers WA to give the community another way to report illegal dumping.
The Department uses a number of investigative tools to help capture and convict illegal dumpers and a new partnership with Crime Stoppers WA is sure to help catch environmental crooks.

Reports through Crime Stoppers WA can be completely anonymous and submitted online, thereby providing a safe platform for people to share evidence concerning suspected water and environmental crimes.

This collaboration will help the Department clamp down on illegal operators including polluters, illegal dumpers and people who disregard water and waste management regulations.

The new online reporting system complements DWER's existing 24-hour Pollution Watch Hotline (1300 784 782), which last year received over 3000 reports relating to odours, dust, waste, emissions and discharges.

For Local Government, these avenues are all available, as well as direct partnerships with DWER. Recently, three illegal dumping offenders were ordered to pay more than $17,000 in fines, court and clean-up costs following successful prosecutions by the Department.
To make a report, visit Crime Stoppers WA.
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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