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24 January 2020
Issue 2

In this issue:

Recycling in the 20s - Register Now!
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.
This session will outline the current market conditions, better practice contracting, insurance implications and the proposed export bans for recyclable materials (glass, plastic, paper and cardboard).

Date:      Friday, 14 February
Time:     9:30am to 11:00am
Venue:   Regional Resource Recovery Facility, 350 Bannister Road, Canning Vale
RSVP:    You can attend the session in person or online, to register click here.

For more information, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call (08) 9213 2063.
Will you be the next Waste Champion? The Infinity Awards are back for 2020 to find the best of the best!
The Infinity Awards are an annual event which recognise inventive ways and solutions to reduce waste and meet the reuse and recycling targets in Western Australia’s Waste Strategy.

Nominations are now open for the 2020 Infinity Awards, so if you have some great innovative ideas about recycling then put your name down to win one of 12 awards!

Nominations for the Infinity Awards will close at 5:00pm on Tuesday, 10 March. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wednesday, 6 May.

For full details including award list, entry forms and criteria, click here.     
Workshop on Recycling and FOGO in MUDs
WALGA is hosting a workshop on Recycling and FOGO in MUDs is being held on Wednesday, 12 February.
This session will include a presentation on Recycling and FOGO in MUD’s, a brief discussion and provide attendees and Local Governments an opportunity to ask questions about the 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

The Waste Reform Workshop, originally scheduled on 12 February, has been postponed until the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) paper on Waste Reform is released.
For more information, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call (08) 9213 2063.
Refund Point Location Operators Announced!
The Container Deposit Scheme first refund point operators have been announced, with a total of 145 refund points selected across the state!
Approximately 40% of refund points will be operated by community-orientated organisations including charities, disability sector organisations, Aboriginal corporations, and sporting and community groups. Congratulations to the 18 Local Governments and Regional Councils across WA who have been selected to be part of the network!

Launching Tuesday, 2 June, the Container Deposit Scheme will allow the public to claim a 10-cent refund when they return eligible beverage containers at designated refund points across the State.

Refund points will be available in every region across WA, from the Kimberley to the Great Southern. The Scheme Coordinator has to ensure that 75% of the refund point locations are in place on day one of the Scheme (172 refund points) and 100% of the required minimum network is in place by the end of the first year of the Scheme (229).

Refund point locations and operating hours will be available from Containers for Change in May.
For more information about the scheme, please visit the Containers for Change website.
Financial Close for East Rockingham Waste to Energy Facility
At the end of 2019, the consortium developing the East Rockingham Resource Recovery Facility announced that it had reached financial close.
This brings the development of a second waste to energy plant in WA one step closer, with construction commencing this year. 

The new facility will be located in Rockingham’s industrial zone, 40 kilometres south of Perth. It will treat roughly 300,000 tonnes of industrial waste per year from municipal, commercial and industrial sources. The facility will generate approximately 29MW of renewable energy, which is enough to power over 36,000 homes.
For more information about the new facility, visit the SUEZ website.
The Waste Data Strategy is Now Complete
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has published the Waste Data Strategy, a key document supporting the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.
The Waste Data Strategy aims to provide information about the principles, objectives and specific actions that will be undertaken by the Waste Authority and DWER. This Strategy will help implement the action plan, and achieve the targets and objectives of the WARR Strategy.

The objectives the Waste Data Strategy aims to achieve are:
  1. meet legislative requirements
  2. support delivery of the waste strategy, and
  3. meet the needs of waste data stakeholders.
The Waste Data Strategy is scheduled to be reviewed approximately every five years, in line with the legislated review of the WARR Strategy.
To learn more about the Waste Data Strategy or Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030, 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.
ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade,
West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
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