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6 March 2020
Issue 5

In this issue:

Dollars for CDS!
The McGowan Government is offering $200,000 in community grants to support the introduction of Western Australia’s Container Deposit Scheme, Containers for Change.
Not-for-profit organisations, schools and community groups can apply for a grant of up to $2000 to help infrastructure at donation or refund points. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation will be administering the grants, which can be used for any infrastructure needs, such as bins, cages, skips, security stands, fences, tippers, sorting equipment and trailers.

Applications for the grants close Friday, 27 March. Priority will be given to applicants providing employment for people with disabilities, long-term unemployment and regional areas.

Community groups, not-for-profit organisations and individuals are now able to register for their ‘Scheme ID’, which allows refunds to go directly into an organisation or individuals nominated bank account.  To sign up visit the Containers for Change website.

For more information about the Container Deposit Scheme community grants, visit DWER Website.
Reforming Waste in WA
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) have released two important papers on Waste Reform and the future of the Landfill Levy.
WALGA is hosting a consultation session to inform the development of the Association submission on both of these papers.

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:      Friday, 20 March
Time:     9:30am to 11:30am
Venue:   ONE70, LV1 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
RSVP:    By COB Wednesday, 18 March. Click here to register
For more information, email Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
FOGO Forum
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) is hosting a forum on Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) on Friday, 27 March.
The FOGO Forum will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to hear from key speakers with FOGO experience, ask questions and share information.
The forum will also include
  • Markets – actions to ensure robust markets for FOGO derived products. 
  • Processing – actions to ensure appropriate FOGO processing capacity is available to match demand.
  • Local Government services, education and engagement – provision of better practice FOGO services by Local Governments; engagement and education actions to support correct recycling and disposal behaviours by households.
Date:       Friday, 27 March
     10:00am to 3:00pm
Venue:    Prime House, 8 Davidson Terrace, Joondalup - TBC
RSVP:     Your expression of interest by Friday, 6 March to DWER
For queries regarding the Forum, please email DWER.
CDS Information Sessions
The Western Australia Return Recycle Renew (WARRRL) is organising Community Information Sessions across WA about the soon-to-be implemented Container Deposit Scheme, set to commence on Tuesday, 2 June.
These sessions, held in March to May, will provide information and advice to consumers about Containers for Change process and how community members can get involved.

To see where your nearest information session will be, click here.
For more information please contact WARRRL on 13 42 42 or visit their website.
The Plastics Reduction Paper
The Waste Municipal Advisory Council (MWAC) has supported the released of the Plastics Reduction Paper, a review of Local Government Practices on single-use plastics (SUP).
The Plastics Reduction Paper aims to provide information on the impacts SUP products on the environment, the role of Local Government in addressing the issue and the options for managing these impacts. The Paper also investigates the ways Local Government have taken to address the SUP products in their operations and within the community.
To review the Plastics Reduction Paper click here.
 For enquires regarding the Plastics Reduction Paper please contact Manager – Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063
Waste 101 Reminder
New to the industry or just need a waste refresher? WALGA is hosting a workshop and tour on Friday, 27 March to give you Waste 101.
This workshop and tour is an opportunity to cram a day full of different waste experiences – whether you’re new to the industry or just need a bit of a refresher course - and is perfect for Local Government Officers and Elected Members who want a solid understanding of waste management issues.
After the workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to tour the SMRC Regional Resource Recovery Centre, then head off for a behind-the-scenes look at the City of Cockburn Henderson Resource Recovery Park.

Date:      Friday, 27 March
Time:     8:30am to 4:00pm (Registrations from 8:00am)
Venue:   Departs from ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville
Cost:      $250.00 (Includes morning tea, lunch and GST)

Click here to register.
For enquiries regarding the tour please contact 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.
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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