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20 March 2020
Issue 6

In this issue:

Who Will Be Crowned the Tidiest Town?
The Keep Australia Beautiful Council (KABC) has launched the annual Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards to find the tidiest town in Western Australia!
Registrations are now open for the Tidy Town Sustainable Communities Awards as Keep Australia Beautiful Council look to celebrate 51 years of recognising and rewarding the efforts of remote and regional communities. Registrations were launched at a community clean-up and barbecue in Kalgoorlie-Boulder by KABC on Saturday, 7 March with over 100 volunteers turning up to participate in the event.

There are seven categories with the Awards encompassing initiatives such as litter prevention, environmental education, preserving heritage, community action and youth leadership. To view the judging criteria of the seven categories, click here.

Registrations close Friday, 1 May. To register your town, click here.

For more information about the Tidy Towns program, please email KABC or visit their website.
Are You Up For the Challenge?
Plastic Free July is back in 2020, with the not-for-profit organisation celebrating its 10 year anniversary by launching its tailored Council Challenge Membership Program.
Based on the experience gained over the past decade, feedback and meetings held with Local Governments, Plastic Free July has launched a tailored Council Challenge Membership package. This membership will provide Local Governments with useful tools to help residents avoid plastic waste and help meet the WA Government Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy Targets.

The membership pricing structure has been created on a tiered level to ensure the package is accessible for Local Governments of all sizes, so together the sector can achieve the biggest possible impact in reducing plastic waste.

Memberships for Local Governments are now available. Information kits and application forms can be found online at the Plastic Free July website.

For more information, please visit Plastic Free July.
Waste Bans - Timeline and Final Scope
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) met on Friday, 13 March to determine the final timeline and scope for the export bans for recyclable materials.
The Bans have the potential to significantly impact on Western Australian recycling as the majority of material collected through the kerbside recycling system is sent off shore to be recycled into new products.

The timeline and scope of the Ban includes:
  • 1 July 2020 - Glass - No impact on WA, as glass is not exported
  • 1 July 2021 - Mixed plastic - Impact on WA, as this material is exported
  • 1 December 2021 - Tyres - Impact on WA, as this material is exported
  • 1 July 2022 - Single resin plastic (e.g. PET bottles) - Impact on WA, as this material is exported
  • 1 July 2024 - Paper and cardboard - Significant impact on WA, as this material is exported

Over the coming months WALGA will work with Local, State and Federal governments to determine how the bans will be implemented, including what processing infrastructure is required.
The full COAG report is available here.
The McGowan Government is offering $200,000 in community grants to support the introduction of Western Australia's Container Deposit Scheme.
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.
For more information about the Container Deposit Scheme community grants, visit the DWER website.
The Men's Shed
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.
Things got very lively at the Shire of Augusta Margaret River’s Augusta River Festival, as the Team were entertained by a day full of events and live music. Enlisting the help of some local boys, the community made sure the event was kept clean and litter free.

The Shire of Ravensthorpe showed the Waste Team the talents of the local men as the next event took them to Hopetoun’s weekly Men in Shed. The abundance of activities showed the Team how close the community is. Not only as mates, but how much they care about the environment around them. Altogether, the Team gathered 965 containers while also enjoying the company of the local Shed members.

Be sure to 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.
Seeking Officers with GSOH
MWAC is seeking two metropolitan and three non-metropolitan officers for the Officers Advisory Group.
The Municipal Waste Advisory Council (MWAC) is the WALGA committee with delegated authority in matters relating to solid waste management. To ensure MWAC has input from a range of different organisations and the right technical information it is advised by an Officers Advisory Group (OAG).

Nominations are now open for a number of positions on the OAGA.

Nominations close Friday, 10 April. For more information, and to download the nomination form, visit the WALGA website.
For more information about MWAC/OAG 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.

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