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1 november 2019
Issue 22

In this issue:

LG Focus: From Bin Lids to Craypots
An innovative collaboration between the City of Cockburn and local business Green Machines Lab (GML) has given used bin lids a second life.
Rubbish bin lids removed during the City’s garden organics bin rollout are being provided free to Bibra Lake start-up GML which has received grant funding from the Community and Industry Engagement Program to establish a pilot plastics recycling facility.

GML is processing up to 6000 of the City’s recyclable bin lids into plastic granules which are then sold to a local plastics manufacturer to be cleaned and transformed into craypots for the recreational fishing market.

This is a fantastic step forward in the growth of a circular economy in WA, and supports targets in the State Government’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 to develop local solutions and markets for recycling.

Pictured: GML Managing Director Shady Novaihed proudly displaying a craypot made from recycled rubbish bin lids.
Visit the City of Cockburn website for more information. 
LG Focus: What’s it all about, EVie?
Meet the latest recruit at the City of Fremantle, EVie the electric powered waste truck.
EVie will be plying the streets of Fremantle for the next four weeks as part of a trial to assess the performance of electric vehicles in local conditions. If the trial is successful it could pave the way for the City’s entire waste collection fleet to go electric.

A normal waste truck uses about 500 litres of diesel fuel and produces more than 1.3 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions every week. At the moment the EVie will be charged using mains power, but there’s the potential for electric trucks to be charged using 100% renewable energy in the future.

Replacing just one of the City’s waste trucks with an electric vehicle would be equivalent to reducing 68 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

But wait, there’s more. The electric trucks are cheaper to run – which will deliver savings for ratepayers – and are much quieter as well!

Pictured: (from left to right) Cleanaway Municipal Manager WA Daniel Le Provost, Fremantle Councillor and SMRC Chair Doug Thompson and Mayor Brad Pettitt with EVie the electric waste truck.
Visit the City of Fremantle website for more information. 
Household Hazardous Waste Opportunities 2022/23
Expressions of Interest are sought from Local Governments or Regional Councils interested in participating in the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program, by either having a new permanent HHW facility or hosting a Temporary Collection Day (TCD) event.
The HHW Program is looking to expand the current network of 13 permanent facilities in areas which are currently not serviced by the HHW Program. Interest is sought for sites to establish new permanent HHW facilities and TCDs from the second half of this financial year – up to 2022/23.

Click here to download the required Expression of Interest Form.

Pictured: Examples of Permanent Facility (top row) and Temporary Collection Day set ups (bottom row).
Please email your completed Expression of Interest form to the HHW Program Coordinator, Tazra Hawkins by 5:00pm Friday, 22 November.
Bunbury 2019 Tidy Town Winner
Congratulations to the City of Bunbury, State winner of the Keep Australia Beautiful 2019 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards.
The inaugural winner of the award in 1969, Bunbury was selected as this year's winner from five other finalists and will represent Western Australia at the national Tidy Towns awards in Alice Springs in April 2020.

Bunbury won the award based on the strength of a number of community projects including the transformation of Koombana Bay, its strong focus on litter and waste management, community education, and its commitment to sustainability.

More information on the initiatives submitted for the 2019 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards is available here.
A One-Stop-Shop for the Community
The Bunbury Harvey Regional Council (BHRC) has launched a new recycling station at Stanley Road Waste Management Facility which is a one-stop-shop for those tricky to recycle items.
The recycling station is a sea container with repositories for 15 different items such as bottle tops, smoke detectors, x-rays, coffee pods, soft plastics, clothing and textiles. The community can drop these items off for free. Officers at the BHRC anticipate that the new recycling station will be well utilised and give the community options to correctly dispose of items that are very recyclable, but just not through their kerbside recycling service.

For more information, visit the Watch Your Waste website or call on (08) 9711 1053.
Fun with Facts
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has now published further guidance and supporting information to assist organisations which need to report waste and recycling data.
The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Regulations 2008 were amended on 28 June 2019 to require liable entities to report waste and recycling data annually to the Chief Executive Officer of the DWER.

Three separate fact sheets (for Local Governments, recyclers and liable non-metropolitan landfills) are now available on DWER’s website. A Frequently Asked Questions page is also available on the website to help clarify aspects of the reporting requirements.

These resources are also available via the following links:
Waste data reporting – Local Governments
Waste data reporting – recyclers
Waste data reporting – liable non-metropolitan landfills
FAQ – waste and recycling reporting requirements
For further clarification about the reporting requirements, email the Waste Data Team at the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.
Thrills, Spills and Chills
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 the midst of counting containers, amongst the throng of jumpsuit clad enthusiasts, the Waste Team was swept up in the thrills and spills of WA off-road racing at the Three Springs 360.

Not long after, a great day was held at the City of Canning Muddy Hands Festival where thousands of families enjoyed a great day of nature play along the banks of the mighty Canning River. The Team were on hand to spread the word that Containers for Change was coming and needless to say, the hand sanitiser got a good work out as there was no shortage of ‘muddy hands’ returning their used cans and bottles.

And as they moseyed onwards to the City of Armadale, the Team were blown away by the chilly winds that gripped the opening of the annual Kelmscott Agricultural Show. The sun emerged and so did the crowds who were keen to cash in on their containers.

Make 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.
Changing Your World Conference & Fair 2020
The City of Canning is now seeking expressions of interest for the Changing Your World Conference & Fair taking place in March 2020.
Over two days, get up close with cutting edge technologies, connect with emerging innovators in sustainability and experience the next big ideas that will reimagine the future for our community and the environment.

If you can see yourself speaking at the Conference, being an ‘expert’ at the Speed Date & Innovate session, or hosting a mini-hack or panel session, apply by 5:00pm Friday, 29 November.

Click here to apply.
For more information, email the Sustainability Team at the City of Canning.
Waste Wise Schools Grants
Applications are now open for this year's third round of grant funding.
More than 107,387 children attend 290 accredited Waste Wise Schools across Western Australia. The program delivers educational resources aimed at changing behaviour to avoid the generation of waste and encourage diversion of waste from landfill.

The third round of funding is an opportunity for schools accredited under the State's Waste Wise Schools Program to apply for up to $8,800 (Incl GST) to set up a range of waste avoidance and recovery projects. Click here to find out more about previous grant recipients.

Applications for this round of funding close at 12:00pm on Tuesday, 3 December.

More information about grant funding through the Waste Wise Schools Program is available here.
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:
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.
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