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20 September 2019
Issue 19

In this issue:

LG Focus: Kwinana WARRIOR
The City of Kwinana Waste Team have started a new internal staff award called the WARRIOR – Waste and Resource Recovery Ingenious Officer Reward.
Officers are able to nominate their colleagues who are displaying sustainable waste, recycle or reuse practices. The winner receives the stylish Forkman trophy for one month to display at their workstation, along with a certificate.

This month’s recipient of the WARRIOR set up collection boxes to recycle products including coffee pods, soft plastics and plastic bottle caps that cannot be recycled through the kerbside recycling bin system. This worthy achievement has inspired other staff throughout the City to set up similar collection boxes in their work areas.

To find out more about this great initiative, contact Waste Minimisation Officer, Trish Kursar at the City of Kwinana.
Bin Tagging Opportunity 2020
Following on from the successful implementation of the Bin Tagging Program in a number of Local Government areas, WALGA has received funding from the Waste Authority to continue the roll out of this Program.
WALGA will receive funding to assist five Local Governments (metropolitan or non-metropolitan) to roll out the Bin Tagging Program. Each Local Government will need to provide an in-kind contribution through in-house staffing to assist with the bin tagging. WALGA will provide the following assistance for rolling out the Program:
  • design and printing of bin tags
  • funding to assist with staffing for audits, and
  • WALGA staff to train and facilitate the roll out.
To register your interest, complete the Expression of Interest by 5:00pm Friday, 1 November.
For more information, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
We Want You!
The Waste & Recycle Conference 2019 is less than a week away, so remember to REGISTER NOW!
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.
Life’s a Clean Beach
Calling all ocean lovers – the 2019 WA Beach Clean-up event registration is now open!
Tangaroa Blue Foundation is an Australia-wide not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the removal and prevention of marine debris.

In 2018, more than one thousand people from across the Western Australian community spent over 2500 volunteer hours at 120 clean-up events, and scoured more than 161 km of coastline. A total of 58,097 items, weighing in at 5114 kg were removed and audited by volunteers.

Now in its 15th year, Tangaroa Blue Foundation are aiming to make this year their biggest event ever. It costs nothing to participate and all materials, volunteer insurance and logistical support is provided.

The event will be taking place over the 19-20 October weekend and getting involved is as easy as picking your favourite beach, river or waterway that needs a clean-up.

For more information about the event, contact Dan Burns on 0431 530 724 or to register, click here.
Climate Change Consultation Event
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 Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will be running a consultation session for Local Government on Wednesday, 23 October at WALGA. Registrations will be open soon.

WALGA will be consulting with the sector and seeking Local Government input to its submission, drawing on the WALGA Climate Change Policy Statement 2018. Local Government are also encouraged to make submissions directly.

For further information, email the WALGA Environment Team or call on 9213 2049.
Producers to Pay the Bill
The Senate has referred the Product Stewardship Amendment (Packaging and Plastics) Bill 2019 to the Environment and Communications Legislation Committee for inquiry.
The Committee is now seeking feedback and Local Governments are invited to provide input as WALGA develops a submission. The closing date for submissions to the inquiry is 21 November.

If the Bill passes, responsibility for the life cycle of products and packaging will be put back on those who design and generate products – including shifting the cost of managing these materials at end-of-life away from Local Government.

The Bill will:
  • make the 2025 National Packaging Targets mandatory
  • establish a mandatory product stewardship scheme for manufacturers, importers and distributors of consumer packaging and certain single-use plastics, and
  • prescribe targets, prohibitions, design requirements, labelling requirements and financial contributions in relation to packaging and products identified under the scheme.
To contribute to the WALGA Submission, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call on 9213 2063 by 5:00pm Friday, 1 November.
Stallholders, Sheep and Sunsets
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.
While sheep were being shorn and BMX bikes were flying through the air, the Waste Team had their heads down, busily counting containers at the annual Beverley Agricultural Show. A grand total of 619 containers were collected on the day thanks to locals lugging in their wool bale bags filled with an assortment of CDS eligible containers.
Amongst all the jams and preserves at the Boyanup Farmers Market, the Team found themselves in quite the pickle as residents from around the Shire of Capel trickled in with what amounted to be an avalanche of containers. In just a few hours, a whopping 8838 containers were collected.
At the Shinju Matsuri Festival in Broome, the Team were delighted to experience a celebration of rich and diverse cultures, pearling history and natural beauty while chatting with locals about the fast approaching CDS, which begins on 2 June 2020. A number of children at the event cottoned on to the potential for pocket money to be made and rounded up containers from all over the festival site. The unofficial clean-up crew helped to collect a tidy 487 containers.

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.
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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