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18 June 2021
Issue 12

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What is Essential?
Did you know that registrations for the 2021 Waste & Recycle Conference are NOW OPEN!
Whether you’re a veteran or attending the Conference for your first time, this year’s Program promises to help keep your finger on the pulse when it comes to ‘What is Essential?’

The Conference will be held at Crown Towers, Perth on Wednesday, 8 and Thursday, 9 September with tours being hosted on Friday, 10 September.

View our new and improved pricing structure, and finalise your registration here. Be quick as Early Bird pricing ends on 23 August.
Call for Abstracts
Want to be part of the conversation? The call for abstracts process is now open. Please click here if you would like to submit an abstract under one of the following Conference streams:
  • Infrastructure
  • Waste Avoidance
  • Product Stewardship / Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Market Development and Sustainable Procurement
  • Behaviour Change
All abstracts must be submitted prior to Friday, 25 June.

Got some waste flair that you’d like to share at the 2021 Waste & Recycle Conference? Make sure you get in touch with the organisers at Event & Conference Co. and be part of ‘What is Essential?’
Introduction to Waste Management
WALGA is excited to announce the first instalment of waste management training that will soon be available as a Waste Management Certificate III qualification.
The Introduction to Waste Management training covers the identification and segregation of waste and recoverable materials, waste avoidance, as well as education and behaviour change in relation to waste management.

Suitable for Local Government officers whose role requires them to be directly or indirectly involved in waste management, or officers wanting to work in the waste industry.

Date: Thursday, 1 July
Time: 9:00am to 4:30pm
Venue: ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Cost: Trial Special $395.00 (GST incl.)
To secure your spot, visit the WALGA website, email the Training Team or call on (08) 9213 2088.
Plastics Ban Achieves Warp Speed
Western Australia’s Plan for Plastics puts the State on track to becoming a plastic-free leader in Australia.
Fast-tracked by four years, the new timeline sees WA’s Plan for Plastics fully implemented by the end of 2022.

The Plan provides a roadmap towards a more sustainable, plastic-free WA by implementing regulations to ban items in a two-stage approach:
  • Stage One - now to be completed by Friday, 31 December- includes plastic plates, bowls, cups, cutlery, stirrers, straws, thick plastic bags, polystyrene food containers, and helium balloon releases; and
  • Stage Two - now to be completed by the end of 2022 - includes plastic barrier/produce bags, cotton buds with plastic shafts, polystyrene packaging, microbeads and oxo-degradable plastics. Takeaway coffee cups and lids with single-use plastic materials have also been added to the Plan. Consumers and businesses will be able to use alternative environmentally friendly takeaway cups and lids.  
The WA Government media statement is available here.
Right to Repair
The Productivity Commission is now seeking further information and feedback following the release of a draft report on the Right to Repair.
The draft report assesses the case for a right to repair in Australia, with a focus on whether consumers face any unnecessary barriers to repair that require a government policy response.

WALGA will be developing a submission in response to the draft report. If you would like to provide feedback please email Gráinne Whelan, Waste Management Specialist, or call on (08) 9213 2069 by 5:00pm on Friday, 9 July.

Submissions on the draft report are due by Friday, 23 July.
For more details, visit the Australian Government Productivity Commission website or email Yvette Goss.
What’s Your Plastic Free Pledge?
Spread the impact of Plastic Free July by getting your community involved – inspiring your community is easier than you think!
Plastic Free July provides a focal point for behaviour change in the community, with an established platform, methodology and measurable impact. Plastic Free July has a broad reach in the community with over 3 million Australians participating in 2020.

While anyone can participate in Plastic Free July for free, by investing in a Plastic Free July Council Membership, your Local Government will position itself as a leader who ‘walks the talk’.

As a member your Local Government will receive a program with tools and resources that will assist your team to effectively enable your community to adopt behaviours that avoid single-use plastic.

Sign up here for a Plastic Free July Council Membership or visit the website for more information.
Mount Recyclemore
A sculpture of the G7 leaders shaped like Mount Rushmore and made of electronic waste was erected in Cornwall ahead of the G7 Summit 2021.
The artist commissioned to create the sculpture, dubbed ‘Mount Recyclemore’, wanted to highlight the damage caused by rampant disposal of electronic devices and the need for products to be manufactured so that they are reusable, repairable or recyclable.

Pictured: The seven leaders depicted in the sculpture are (L-R) UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Japan's Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, French President Emmanuel Macron, Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Joe Biden. The G7 (Group of Seven) is an organisation of the world's seven largest so-called advanced economies.
The full article 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 our next newsletter.

Please submit your content to the WALGA Waste Team.
WALGA operates prequalified supply contracts to access goods and services at market preferential rates. We have Preferred Supplier arrangements in place for a range of Waste Management, Parks and Gardens, and Environmental services to support service deliver and sustainability within the sector.

Further information is available from the WALGA website.
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