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15 mAY 2020
Issue 10

In this issue:

Better Bins Plus
The Environment Minister has announced the Better Bins Plus (Go FOGO) Program to provide funding for Local Governments to assist with the implement a Food Organic Garden Organic (FOGO) collection system.
The Program provides funding to assist Local Governments to implement a three-bin FOGO services consisting of a red-lidded bin for general waste, a yellow-lidded bin for recycling, and a lime-green lidded bin for food organics and garden organics. 

Local Governments can apply for funding of up to $25 for each household receiving a three-bin FOGO collection service. Applications for funding allocated in 2020-2021 close Friday, 10 July.

WALGA requested that DWER host a Q&A session on Better Bins Plus to assist Local Governments to apply for the Program. The Department has confirmed that a session will be held on Friday, 5 June. More information and how to register will be available soon.
For more information or to apply for this round of funding, visit the Waste Authority’s website or send them an email.
Containers, Contamination and Cash 
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has commissioned a baseline audit of the Container Deposit Scheme’s (CDS) eligible containers in the recycling bin.
Containers received at Materials Recovery Facilities (MRF) were audited, as well as containers collected through kerbside recycling from 11 Local Governments across WA. The audit report provides a range of interesting information, including the contamination levels (and main types of contamination) in the kerbside recycling bin – as well as the current levels of eligible containers. 
The information from this and subsequent audits will provide the eligible container factor for the Container Deposit Scheme – this factor is the number of eligible containers per tonne in kerbside recycling. It determines the funds allocated through the Container Deposit Scheme to Local Government for kerbside recycling. 
The report, undertaken by WALGA Preferred Supplier Talis, is available from the DWER website.
WALGA has developed Draft Submissions on the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) Waste Reform and Levy Papers which are available for comment.
The Draft Submissions are available from the WasteNet website. Please provide any feedback on the Draft Submissions by COB Friday, 29 May.

If you would like to comment directly to the DWER on the Waste Reform and Levy Papers, the due date has been extended to Wednesday, 15 July.
Email feedback on WALGA’s Draft Submissions Waste Management Specialist, Candy Wong or call 9213 2086. 
Time For a Fair Game
Fair Game is an organisation that hopes to create a healthier and sustainable Australia by taking in recycled sports equipment and donating them to remote communities.
Fair Game provides unique health and fitness programs and recycled sports equipment, building the capacity of under-serviced communities to promote healthy lifestyle choices and live healthier lives. They aim to reduce the risk of lifestyle related diseases, build social cohesion and improve mental well-being. 

If your Local Government is doing a clear out, or your Reuse Shop has a surplus of sporting equipment, consider donating to Fair Game.
If you would like to know more about Fair Game, visit the website.
Spring Into Scavenge
Seaside Scavenge events are an inspiring way to ignite your community to avoid and reduce plastic and textile waste locally.
The Spring Into Scavenge program invites anyone over the age of 18 to develop personal leadership skills in project management, volunteer organisation and many more elements to catalyse change locally. As a Local Government, this is an initiative you may want to promote to your community.

For more information, see the Seaside Scavenge website or send an 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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