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10 july 2020
Issue 14

In this issue:

Save the Date - Karratha is Calling
The Pilbara Waste Summit has been rescheduled to Thursday and Friday, 5 and 6 November.
Due to COVID-19 the Waste Summit had to be postponed, however it is back, with a fantastic tour being planned for Thursday of the local waste (and other) highlights and an action packed agenda for the Friday Summit.

This project is supported by the Government of Western Australia and administered by the Waste Authority. The event is also being enthusiastically supported by the City of Karratha.
More information coming soon!
Waste Grants Now Available
The McGowan Government is calling for expressions of interest to access grants to increase processing capacity for Western Australia’s recyclable mixed paper and cardboard, and waste plastics and tyres in Western Australia.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed on Friday, 13 March to phase out exports of certain waste materials. Mixed paper and cardboard will be subject to the national export ban commencing on Monday, 1 July 2024, with some exemptions to certain paper and cardboard materials.

As part of the national response to the ban on waste, the Federal Government is asking industry and State and Territory governments to work together to bring forward project proposals that deliver a national solution for mixed-paper recycling in Australia.

Expressions of interest are available from the DWER website, and will close 9:00am Monday, 27 July.

The McGowan Government has also committed $15 million in grant funding to support local processing of plastics and tyres and the development of infrastructure in the north of the State. Access will also be provided to industrial zoned land valued at $5 million for processing infrastructure.

The State Government is calling for grant applications from organisations to support new processing infrastructure, including projects in regional and remote Western Australia.

Expressions of interest should be submitted to DWER by 9:00am Monday, 17 August.
For more information, please visit the DWER website.
Are You CDS Ready?
The Container Deposit Scheme start date of Thursday, 1 October is fast approaching and Local Governments need to ensure they’re ready.
WALGA is hosting an information session:

When:    10:30am to 11.30am, Wednesday, 29 July
Where:   The comfort of your own desk, where else?!
RSVP:    Please register for the session here.

The session will provide an update on the development of the refund network, identify the relevant regulations and outline considerations for Local Governments such as recycling contracts and planning approvals. There will also be the opportunity for Local Governments to ask questions and provide feedback to WALGA on their engagement with the Scheme.
For more information contact Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown on 9213 2063.
Be on the Watch
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation has undertaken a camera sting operation to catch illegal dumping offenders in the act.
A camera sting operation has resulted in convictions for a number of people caught illegally dumping waste on land that is part of a State park.

Covert surveillance was set up at Warbrook Road, Jandabup, in Perth's northern suburbs. They recorded five offenders dumping material ranging from asbestos to green waste on a total of 13 occasions. The operation resulted in five men facing charges in the Joondalup Magistrates Court on Friday, 5 June.

If you see anyone illegally dumping waste or find waste in parks, please report to the DWER Pollution Watch Hotline 1300 784 782.
Reminder - We want your CDS EOIs
WALGA is seeking new Expressions of Interest for the Container Deposit Scheme at Events Program.
Due to COVID-19 the Container Deposit Scheme’s commencement was delayed, and a number of events that WALGA was going to undertake the CDS at were cancelled.  

We are again seeking EoIs to promote the Scheme – and hand out 10c for eligible containers. Please complete the Expression of Interest form to attend an upcoming event (July – September).
For more information, contact Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown on 9213 2063
Waste Authority Meeting Outcomes
The Waste Authority met on Wednesday, 24 June and the outcomes from the meeting are now available online.
Some of the key points from the meeting:
  • The Waste Authority considered and approved revised position statements on the Waste Hierarchy and Waste to Energy. The revised Waste to Energy position statement includes both thermal and non-thermal treatment and builds on the 2013 position statements. The revised position statements will be published on the Waste Authority website.
  • The Waste Authority approved a proposal to align selected existing Waste Authority programs to this WasteSorted messaging. This follows a review of the branding and approach from the WasteSorted and Own Your Impact platforms. The Waste Authority considered that a single brand is more resource efficient and will provide consistency in communications. 
  • The Waste Authority noted the 2018-19 Census of Western Australian Local Government waste and recycling services (the Census) and the Recycling Activity in Western Australia 2018-19 (RAWA) consultant’s report. The Census and RAWA reports will be provided to the Minister for Environment for noting prior to being published on the Waste Authority website.
  • The Waste Authority received an update on emerging opportunities to use recycled materials in major transport infrastructure projects, and the role of the South West Sustainability Waste Alliance in the Bunbury Outer Ring Road (BORR) project. The next meeting of the Waste Authority will be held in Bunbury on Tuesday, 18 August to coincide with visits to local waste and recycling facilities.
For more information, visit the Waste Authority website.
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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