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10 January 2020
WALGA
Issue 1

In this issue:
Events:

 
Recycling in the 20s
Save the Date
WALGA, in conjunction with the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council, will be hosting an information session on Friday, 14 February regarding the numerous challenges and opportunities for Recycling in the 20s!

More information will be circulated in the coming weeks.

 
First South West Sea Bin
The City of Bunbury is cleaning up their waterways by installing the first sea bin in the South West.
Designed to collect rubbish, oil and detergents from waterways, the City of Bunbury has installed a sea bin at the inlet to keep the environment waste free. The sea bin will be located on the floating boat ramp adjacent to the Yacht Club, a short distance from the Stirling Street Boat Ramp.

The Council’s Community Litter Grant Scheme has received funding for the project from Keep Australia Beautiful.

For more information visit the City of Bunbury website or the Facebook page.
 
Mandated to Support Recycling
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) has been directed to put in place a Recycling Fund.
The Recycling Fund aims to encourage increased investment in clean energy technologies to support waste recycling and lower landfill related emissions. The CEFC Investment Mandate Direction 2019 directs the Fund to support recycling using clean energy technologies, primarily focusing on waste plastics, paper, glass and tyres.

The Fund will align with the circular economy principles outlined in the National Waste Policy, and also support the COAG Waste Export Ban of waste plastic, paper, glass and tires.

On 20 December 2019, the Commonwealth of Australia released a consultation Regulatory Impact Statement that details the impacts of the COAG Waste Export Ban, with a closing date of 24 January.
If you would like to discuss the Regulatory Impact Statement, please contact Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown on 9213 2063.
 
Regulations Pave Way for Container Deposit Scheme Commencement
Environment Minister, Hon Stephen Dawson MLC has announced the Regulations for Western Australia’s Container Deposit Scheme are now complete!
As of Tuesday, 2 June Containers for Change will provide a 10-cent refund for every eligible beverage container that is handed in at any refund point. More than 170 refund points will be available at the commencement date, with a further 229 refund points at the end of the Scheme's first year.

The Scheme will also help create at least 500 jobs around the State, which will support those with a disability or the long-term unemployed.
To view the full media release visit the website. To review the Regulations click here.
For more information on the Container Deposit Scheme, visit Containers for Change.
 
Christmas Comes Early!
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.
Geraldton’s Christmas on the Terrace saw the public get involved in the festive season with entertainment, food, activities and Christmas gifts! However, the biggest gift of all was the amount of containers collected by the team. With a total of 2836 containers collected, the locals were definitely excited to have more change to spend during the Christmas holidays. 

Christmas came early for the team, as the CDS at events also took them to the Ellenbrook Christmas Pageant in the City of Swan. Kids of all ages dressed up in their festive costumes to perform for the community and the Local Government provided sustainable gift making ideas for the community. At the end of the day the team collected a grand total of 3768 containers, truly making it an early Christmas present.

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.
 
Workshop on Recycling FOGO in MUDs
WALGA is hosting a workshop on Recycling and FOGO in MUDs which will be held on Wednesday, 12 February.
This session will include a presentation on Recycling and FOGO in MUDs, a brief discussion and provide attendees and Local Governments an opportunity to ask questions about recycling and FOGO.

Date:      Wednesday, 12 February
Time:     10:00am to 12:00pm
Venue:   ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
RSVP:    Click here to register
For more information, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
 
Workshop on Waste Regulatory Reform and Levy Review
WALGA is hosting a workshop on Waste Regulatory Reform and Levy Review whihc will be held on Wednesday, 12 February.
This session will include a presentation on the Waste Regulatory Reform and Levy Review, a brief discussion and provide attendees an opportunity to ask questions about the review.

Date:     Wednesday, 12 February
Time:    1:30pm to 3:00pm
Venue:  ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
RSVP:   Click here to register
For more information, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
 
Final Ban Submissions
The Municipal Waste Advisory Council has endorsed a submission on the proposed Export Bans on certain recyclable materials. 
WALGA has provided feedback to the Department of Environment and Energy that highlights the challenges for Western Australia of  export bans on recyclable materials. 

The feedback provided in the MWAC Submission outlined some key considerations in order for the ban to be successful including:
  • immediate action to determine destination of recyclable materials
  • a clear definition of when a recyclable material becomes a product
  • effective product stewardship schemes in place
  • an assessment of current and future infrastructure needs
  • investigation of economics of recycling, market development and contingency planning, and
  • the development of incentives and funding Programs.
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For more information, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
 
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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