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Issue 3

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 No Levy Change 2020/21
The Environment Minister, Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, has announced there will be no change to the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Levy (WARR Levy) for the 2020/21 financial year.
The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 includes a review of the scope and application of the WARR Levy to ensure that it meets the objectives of the Strategy.

It is anticipated a consultation paper on the WARR Levy will be released soon, for the usual 12-week consultation period.
LG Focus: Paperless Kojonup
A New Year resolution has hit the Shire of Kojonup, as the Local Government has now moved towards a paperless records management system!
In an effort to cut down on paper waste generation, the Shire of Kojonup are moving to a paperless records management system. As of January, the Shire requested to only receive correspondence through electronic means to cut back on the amount of paper used.

With thousands of tonnes of paper wasted each year, the Shire hopes that changing to a full electronic records management system will help decrease their paper intake, as well as increase management efficiency.
If you would like to learn more about the paperless Local Government, please contact the Shire of Kojonup.
Canning is Changing Your World
The City of Canning will be hosting the ‘Changing Your World’ Conference and Fair to recognise some of Western Australia’s brightest minds to drive sustainable change in the local community.
The Changing Your World Conference and Fair is a showcase of innovative sustainability, connecting community, innovators, industry, research and government, building ideas and celebrating successes.

The Conference will be held on Friday, 6 March at Riverton Library to showcase solutions to better sustainability, mixed with creative debate providing opportunities and corporate unities coming together to unlock solutions to some key sustainability challenges.

The Fair will be held on Saturday, 7 March at the Canning River Eco Education Centre, and will include a mix of community and business strategies, stalls across the sustainability spectrum, learning seminars and sustainable food and drink options.

Tickets for the Conference are $40.00 and are available from the Changing Your World website.

Entry to the fair is free, with sustainable food and drink options and valet bike parking for those who wish to travel sustainably.
For more information about the event, please contact the City of Canning.
Recycling in the 20s Reminder
Reminder, this is your last chance to register for this information session!
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.
Arts, Crafts and Lots of Fireworks!
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.
The Denmark Arts Markets saw the public’s ability to get creative and show off their talents for art, crafts and culture. They also showed the Waste Team how talented they are with the amount of containers they cashed in at the event. With a total of 1920 containers collected, it was a fantastic way to start the new year and decade!

At the City of Perth’s Australia Day Skyworks celebration, thousands of people flocked to Perth’s foreshore to celebrate the national holiday and enjoy the spectacular fireworks display. The team also had help from three young superstars who were just as excited to give money away as the people receiving it. Overall, the event’s collection reached a total of 1290 containers!

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.
Tickets to Infinity, Now Available!
Tickets are now available for the 2020 Infinity Awards.
Tickets for 2020 Infinity Awards are now available for the gala event and awards presentation. Tickets will cover pre-dinner drinks, a three-course dinner and a five-hour premium beverage package in the Grand Ballroom at the Westin Perth Hotel in the City of Perth. Networking opportunities, live entertainment and dancing will follow the formal awards presentations, with the event closing at midnight.

Ticket prices vary, ranging from $100.00 to $195.00.

Event Details
Wednesday, 6 May
7:00pm to 12:00am
Venue:   The Westin, 480 Hay Street, Perth
Tickets:  Available here

Remember there’s still time to nominate for an award!

Nominations for the Infinity Awards close at 5:00pm on Tuesday, 10 March. Nomination kits are available here.

For more information about the Infinity Awards, including event details, please visit the 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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