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18 october 2019
WALGA
Issue 21

In this issue:
Events:

 
Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute
Western Australian Local Governments and community groups share in more than $48,000 as part of Keep Australia Beautiful Council's Community Litter Grant Scheme.
The grants provide funding for projects that seek to change littering behaviour and work towards a litter-free WA. This year's successful projects have a strong focus on litter education and prevention. Local Government grant recipients include:
  • City of Bunbury - Litter collecting, auditing and installing a Seabin on a highly littered inlet.
  • City of Cockburn - A six month 'Clean Ocean Cuppas' program to partner with local cafés and provide litter collection kits to community members.
  • City of Kalamunda - A project to collect rubbish and litter dumped along the iconic Zig Zag trail with interactive signs that display the amount of litter collected and its related environmental, social and economic impacts.
  • Shire of Manjimup - Providing two refill water stations to align with 'It's in Our Nature' litter reduction project, which aims for 'Litter to Zero'. A key element to this project is changing habits and creating ways for event organisers, tourists and the wider community to consider alternatives to existing behaviours.
  • Shire of Merredin - 'Give a Hoot, Don't Pollute' will educate the community on the waste that single use plastic creates, while offering a drinking fountain and water refill station as an immediate solution to the problem.
The annual grants - available to Local Governments, community groups, small to medium sized enterprises and schools - open again in May next year.

For more information, email Keep Australia Beautiful Western Australia or call (08) 6364 6643.
 
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.
 
The Breakfast Club
An exciting opportunity to meet the new members of the Waste Authority.
Join us in an informal setting (buffet breakfast) and come face-to-face with the decision makers who will be spearheading the future of waste in WA. All five members of the Waste Authority will be there to discuss the ongoing implementation of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, as well as answering any of your questions.

Date:      Wednesday, 30 October
Time:      8:00am to 9:00am (Registration from 7:45am)
Venue:   Joondalup Resort, Country Club Boulevard, Connolly
Cost:      $50.00 (Incl GST) per person

To register, visit the WALGA website and remember to RSVP by 5:00pm Friday, 25 October.

Pictured: The new members of the Waste Authority (left to right): Kelly Howlett, Tim Youé, Reg Howard-Smith (Chairman), Lee Broomhall (Deputy Chair) & Dr Josh Byrne.
For further information, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
 
Waste Wise Schools Webinar
This introductory online webinar is for teachers from WA schools who would like to find out more about the Waste Wise Schools Program and how to get their school involved.
The webinar will give an overview of the Waste Wise Schools Accreditation Process, the resources available to Waste Wise schools, including grants and teaching materials, and how schools can minimise their waste.

A half-day relief payment is available to enable two staff members from each school to participate in the webinar. Please prepare to spend the hour after the webinar planning your Waste Wise activities. Presenters will stay online during this time to answer any queries.

Date:      Tuesday, 22 October
Time:     1:00pm to 2:00pm (AWST)
Venue:   Attendance is online via GoToWebinar

Register here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about how to join the webinar.

Please note that you will need to have internet access and sound on your computer to participate, or you can dial in from a landline while accessing the online PowerPoint presentation.

For more information, email Programs Officer, Kate MacRae or call (08) 6364 7815.
 
X-ray Recycling
The Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC) Recycling Centre, in cooperation with Siltech, has added x-rays to its range of free drop-off services.
X-rays require a specialised recycling process and cannot be recycled through kerbside recycling bin collection. The recycling process enables silver to be extracted, which can then be remanufactured into products such as silver solder, jewellery, the silver plating of utensils, electrical components and film.
To organise x-ray collections for your Local Government or Regional Council, email Siltech or call (03) 9357 9540.
 
Downfall of Plastic Bag Litter
The latest National Litter Index Report shows a drop of almost 30% in the amount of lightweight plastic bags being littered since the single-use plastic bag ban introduced in July 2018.
Overall, the 2018/19 Keep Australia Beautiful's National Litter Index indicates that the volume and number of items littered in WA has fallen by 15.7% and 8.5% respectively.

The latest index also found less litter at WA beaches with a 58.6% drop, retail precincts falling 46%, shopping centres down 9.3%, major roads and highways dropping 8.2% and recreational parks down 1.5% compared to the previous report.

Cigarette butts and cigarette packaging continues to be the most littered item, making up almost one third of litter. To raise awareness of this major problem, Keep Australia Beautiful WA has launched a campaign highlighting the effects of cigarette butts on the environment and reminded smokers they face fines of up to $500 for littering cigarette butts.
Read the full media release 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:
WALGA
ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade,
West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
Email: info@walga.asn.au
www.walga.asn.au
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