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13 december 2019
Issue 25

In this issue:

LG Focus: Clean Ocean Cockburn
There are a number of ongoing projects at the City of Cockburn, as the City is committed to preventing litter and encouraging the removal of Waste along its coastline.
In association with the Port Coogee Community Association and Coogee Beach Progress Association, the City of Cockburn has launched a trial of bins on the beach, running from 1 December to 29 February 2020. The trial will extend from Coogee Beach Surf Lifesaving Club to the south, to the Omeo Shipwreck to the north. Courtesy of Local Government, the bins will be emptied at least four days a week and the result of the trial will determine whether the trial will be extended across the entire coastline.

In collaboration with a number of coastal cafés, and with the support of Keep Australia Beautiful WA, the City also launched its ‘Clean Ocean Cuppas’ program on 1 December. The program encourages anyone to collect a bucket of litter from the beach and in return they will be provided with a free coffee or soft drink (offer varies with each café) for their efforts. Buckets, grabbers and gloves will also be provided by the participating cafes.

The City will also be providing loyalty cards to all participants, and the person who collects the most free coffees will win a $100 gift voucher to any participating café of their choice.

For more information on the City’s ongoing projects and participating cafés, visit the website.
Act Up
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) are reviewing the Environmental Protection Act, with the aim of streamlining and modernising the legislation.
Some of the key proposed changes to the Act, from a waste management perspective, are:
  • licencing activities rather than premises
  • licenced activities will have to have a licence if they meet the threshold, and
  • if the activities are not licenced, then the DWER can issue an infringement.
WALGA is advocating that in granting a licence, the DWER should have regard to the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy, and not grant the licence if the proposed activity would undermine the achievement of the Targets in the Strategy.
The draft WALGA Submission is available on the WALGA website.
Consultation on the Act Review closes 28 January 2020.  For more information visit the DWER Website.
If you would like to discuss the waste management related elements of the EP Act Review, please contact Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown on (08) 9213 2063.
An Uncontaminated End
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has now completed the review of thresholds for uncontaminated fill.
In April 2018, the Environmental Protection Amendment Regulations reviewed the publication for thresholds of uncontaminated fill. As of August 2019, a technical review of the thresholds was completed and the review was discussed in consultation with industry stakeholders and overseen by independent national experts. Feedback from the industry on the Consultation Paper was incorporated into the review.
A Final Review Report summarises the process, including the feedback received during the consultation and comments on the relevance of the revised thresholds.
For more information about the review, visit the DWER website.
All About CDS
The Scheme Coordinator for Containers for Change has launched their new public facing website with useful information about the Scheme.
The new Containers for Change website features new information about the roll out of the scheme and videos of the scheme in operation. The website also includes how community groups can get involved and become donation and refund point operations.
For more information, visit the new Containers For Change website.
Shows, Markets and Lots of Festivals
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.
At the Little Hands Festival in Melville, thousands of kids and families swarmed Tompkins Park for a day of crafts, food and overall fun. The children were enthusiastic about the potential pocket money they could receive, as many gathered up containers from home and from the festival. Overall, the Team collected a whopping 2459 containers over the course of the day.

Less than a week later at the Community Market Day in Pingelly, locals were keen to get involved and cash in their containers for some extra change to spend at the local markets. Due to the efforts of the locals, the Team collected a respectable total of 484 containers with Pingelly Shire President donating his refund to the local bush fire brigade.

Amongst all the art exhibits and army cadets, the Team had their hands full counting containers at the annual Wanneroo Agricultural Show. With the help of some superstar twin boys, nearly 3000 containers were collected at yet another successful event. At the Wanneroo Show, Mindarie Regional Council funded and collected half of the containers!

At the annual East Fremantle George Street Festival there was a lot of interest in how the scheme was going to operate and the community was excited for the day they would be able to receive their refund at a local refund point.

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.
Oh Deer, Christmas is Here!
On behalf of the WALGA Waste Team, we would like to wish you a very Merry Waste Free Christmas and a Happy New Year!
As another year comes to an end, so does WasteNews. But don’t worry, we will be back with a brand new edition on 10 January 2020. So until then, have a Merry Waste Free Christmas and Happy New Year!

If you want to share your articles for WasteNews for the New Year, please direct them to Sarah.
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.

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