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29 november 2019
Issue 24

In this issue:

Melville Win Award for Talking Trash
A huge congratulations to the City of Melville, winners of the WARR Awards for Community Engagement Success of the Year!
The WARR Awards recognise organisations and individuals who are going to great lengths to improve and grow the industry and are run by the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia (WMRR) and Inside Waste magazine.
The City of Melville has invested heavily over the last 18 months in the way it engages and educates residents on all things waste. From rap waste videos, to gaming apps and interactive information sessions, the Local Government has changed the way it communicates to the public.

Additionally, a Christmas waste campaign in 2018 showcased the Local Governments waste team who dressed up as “Sustainable Santa” and “Excited Elf”. The $400 campaign encouraged residents to drop off an additional 3.5 tonnes of recycling and help divert it from landfill, as historically over the holiday period the extra recycling ended up in the park bins or in general waste bins. The campaign also created a 50% reduction in calls from people asking when to put their bins out. It reached almost 100,000 people and engaged more than 27,000 people.

Pictured: Paul Moloney (right) accepting the Community Engagement Success of the Year award on behalf of the City of Melville.
Click here to find out who else was recognised at this year's WARR Awards.
Planning for Refund Points
WALGA is hosting an information session for Planners on Wednesday, 11 December to talk about the Container Deposit Scheme, which is due for implementation in WA on Tuesday, 2 June 2020. 
Your Local Government may have already started to receive applications for planning approvals for Container Deposit Scheme infrastructure. This session will help to answer any questions you have about these applications.

This session will explore what the infrastructure in the Scheme is likely to look like, some planning FAQs and provide attendees with the opportunity to ask the Scheme Coordinator questions about the Scheme.

CDS Planning Forum
Date:      Wednesday, 11 December
Time:     1:00pm to 2:30pm
Venue:   ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville

RSVP by 5:00pm Monday, 9 December. Register online.
For more information, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call (08) 9213 2063.
LG Focus: Stirling Effort
There’s lots happening in waste at the City of Stirling, with an upcoming clothing drop-off day, new journey of waste videos and the 'Wonder of Waste' school competition.
The City is hosting a Charity Clothing Drop-Off Day on Saturday, 7 December where members of the community can bring their unwanted clothing, textiles (curtains, blankets), shoes, towels, bedding, accessories and jewellery, books, toys, DVDs/CDs and games. At the last drop-off day the City collected 23 tonnes of donations for various charities.
To provide residents with a better idea of what happens to their waste, the City of Stirling has developed short videos showing the journey of household waste, recycling and garden organics. To view the videos visit the City’s website.
The City of Stirling launched its first 'Wonder of Waste' schools competition, which was open to all students who attend primary schools in the City. The program required students to answer eight multiple choice questions on the City’s website, that tested their knowledge of recycling. The three schools with the highest number of individual entries won cash prizes up to $1000 to be spent on waste and recycling services for their school.

For more information, email Waste Education Officer, Vanja Marjanovic or call (08) 9205 7072.
New Look for Recycle Right
The new look Recycle Right website is now available!
The Southern Metropolitan Regional Council has revamped the Recycle Right website with a simple ‘what goes in what bin guide’, a comprehensive A-Z lists for all two and three bin configurations, and a helpful ‘find my nearest’ option for things that don’t go in any of the kerbside bins.

For more information, visit the website.
Emergency Waste Management Webinar
A free webinar on Waste and Recovery after Emergency Events is being held on Thursday, 5 December.
The webinar will be co-hosted by the State Recovery Directorate and WALGA. Speakers will include:
  • Manager, Waste and Recycling, WALGA - Rebecca Brown
  • Manager Waste, Health & Ranger Services, Shire of Augusta Margaret River - Ruth Levett
Date:      Thursday, 5 December
Time:     10:00am to 11:00am
Venue:   Your desk
RSVP:    Click here to register
For more information, email Senior Policy Advisor, Evie Devitt-Rix or call (08) 9213 2082.
The Waste Team is Ch-Ch-Changing
There’s a few movements within the Waste Team at WALGA!
Waste Management Specialist, Heather Squire has taken a placement with Department of Water and Environmental Regulation until Tuesday, 30 June 2020 to focus on the State Government's actions to better incorporate waste management into emergency management.

Waste Management Support Officer, Candy Wong will be acting as the Waste Management Specialist until Tuesday, 30 June 2020.

Sarah Cambetis, former Waste Management Intern, has been appointed to the Waste Management Support Officer role until Tuesday, 30 June 2020. Tazra and Rebecca’s roles remain unchanged.
Please direct all articles for WasteNews to Sarah via email.
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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