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6 September 2019
Issue 18

In this issue:

LG Focus: Broome Junior Clean-up Crew
The Shire of Broome has enlisted the help of a Junior Clean-up Crew to set about tidying up parks and open spaces in the community.
Community and Development Officer, Ingrid de Meillon initiated the Junior Clean-up Crew with the help of enthusiastic local children who have committed to meet once a week to pick up unbroken bottles and aluminium cans.
The Crew are provided with a mini wheelie bin and safety equipment to go about their task of working as a team to reduce the amount of litter in their common spaces. The children will also have opportunities to engage with their community and raise awareness of the problems associated with littering, and the importance of recycling.

By June 2020, the Junior Clean-up Crew and the Broome community will be well and ready to participate in WA’s Container Deposit Scheme.

To find out more about the great work being undertaken by the Junior Clean-up Crew, contact Ingrid de Meillon at the Shire of Broome on
(08) 9191 3456.
Early Bird Catches the Conference!
EARLYBIRD registrations for the Waste & Recycle Conference 2019 have been extended until 6 September.
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.

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.
Have Your Say – Local Government Waste Plans
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) Waste Plans Resource Kit, which includes a guidance document and template Local Government Waste Plan, has been released for comment.
The Local Government Waste Plans will be a requirement for Local Governments in Perth/Peel and major Regional Centres. The draft WALGA Submission on the DWER Local Government Waste Plans Resource Kit is available here.

To provide any additional feedback for the WALGA Submission, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call (08) 9213 2063 by 5:00pm Tuesday, 17 September.
Make Some Change!
Apply now to become a Containers for Change Refund Point!
Being a Refund Point means different things to different people. You can choose the type of Refund Point operation that suits you best, whether that’s a depot, a reverse vending machine, a mobile refund point or a bag drop-off.  
Overall, a Refund Point’s job is to collect eligible containers, make sure customers receive their refunds and sort, store and send containers off for processing. You’ll earn a new income stream: a container-handling fee.
To become a Refund Point you need space in an accessible and convenient location, staff and a commitment to great customer service. 
As a Refund Point operator all your training, the Point-of-Sale system and IT support are provided free by Scheme Coordinator, WARRRL.
To register your interest head to the ‘Get Involved’ page on the WARRRL website and follow the prompts.

Have questions? Email WARRRL at
A Climate for Change
The State Government has released an Issues Paper Climate Change in Western Australia, and is seeking public comment to help inform the development of WA’s new State Climate Change Policy.
The Issues Paper identifies waste reduction as one of 11 focus areas. With WA producing almost 20% more waste annually than the national average, Local Government, business, industry and the community are encouraged to have their say to help shape climate change policy.
The Issues Paper is available on the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation website, and is open for public comment until Friday, November 29. The State Climate Change Policy will be released in 2020.

To contribute to the WALGA Submission, please contact the Environment Team.
Funding for Recycling Released
A further $1.17 million in grant funding has been allocated for projects that will support WA's waste and recycling sector.
The Community and Industry Engagement (CIE) grants are provided as part of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, and will be administered by the Waste Authority.
Projects that improve the recovery and reuse of waste materials such as plastics, glass, construction and demolition materials, food organics and garden organics, as well as those that encourage behaviour change, are encouraged to apply for a funding grant.
The process is now more streamlined than ever, so get cracking on your applications!
For more information on the CIE Program or to apply for funding, visit the Waste Authority website.
Got ‘Em Hooked
The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Reel It In campaign (fishing line bin project) has hooked another town into reducing fishing waste in Western Australia's marine environment.
Walpole, in the Shire of Manjimup, has recently installed several purpose-built fishing waste bins at Coalmine boat ramp, Nornalup rest stop and Walpole town jetty, which are all located within the Walpole and Nornalup Inlets Marine Park. Made of 100% recycled materials, the bins provide a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted fishing line and tackle.
Since being launched in December 2013, the Reel It In campaign has successfully helped remove over 83km of fishing line, hooks and sinkers, bait bags, and thousands of general rubbish items from Perth waterways.
To find out more about how to Adopt-a-bin and volunteering opportunities to help empty these bins, email the Department.
Final Submissions
Thank you to those Local Governments who provided feedback on the DWER Issues Paper Waste Not, Want Not: Valuing Waste as a Resource and Waste Authority draft Waste Data Strategy.  
The Department 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.

The WALGA Submission to the DWER on Waste Derived Materials is available here.

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 Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) in relation to waste data, in order to implement the Action Plan and achieve the targets and objectives of the WARR Strategy.

The WALGA Submission on the Waste Authority draft Waste Data Strategy 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 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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