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3 April 2020
Issue 7

In this issue:

LG Focus: Mosman Park Announces Verge Valet
After a very successful trial, the Town of Mosman Park is going to proceed with their new Verge Valet Service!
Verge Valet is a modern alternative to traditional Local Government bulk waste collections. This new service replaces bulk services where material is placed on the verge weeks before collections. With Verge Valet items are only on the verge 24 - 48 hours before collection, making verges neat and tidy, sooner. 

Mosman Park residents are now able to pre-book a verge waste collection at a time that is most convenient to them. Once a collection time has been determined, bulk waste will be collected from the verge within days. There has been very positive feedback from the community about the new service.

To find out more, click here.

If you are not in the Town of Mosman Park, but are interested about this service for your area, please email WMRC.
Stirling Top E-waste Recyclers
A huge congratulations to the City of Stirling, for taking out the top spot in WA for recycling the most e-waste in 2019!
WALGA Preferred Supplier, Total Green Recycling (TGR), has released the total amount of e-waste recycled in 2019, and have rated WA Local Government on how much e-waste they recycled.

With over 1,300,000kg of e-waste collected by TGR in 2019, the City of Stirling took out the number one spot, collecting over 591,000kg of e-waste. The coveted number two spot, was taken out by Mindarie Regional Council (MRC).

Honourable mentions to other top collectors the City of Busselton, City of Swan and Bunbury Harvey Regional Councils.
To review the full e-waste recycling efforts by WA Local Governments, visit the Total Green Recycling website.
A lot is happening very quickly with waste, so a very brief update on the response to, and implications of, COVID-19 for the waste sector thus far:
  • Container Deposit Scheme start date postponed - the State Government has announced the Container Deposit Scheme will NOT commence on Tuesday, 2 June. The Government will make a decision in August, on the new start date (either November 2020, or July 2021). WALGA will be advocating for the start date to be as soon as possible.
  • Events postponed – the Pilbara Waste Summit and Waste & Recycle Conference have both been postponed. They’ll be reschedule/re-envisioned in the coming months.
  • Infinity Awards postponed – on hold until later this year, for more information visit the Waste Authority website.
  • Household Hazardous Waste Temporary Collection Days postponed – will be rescheduled next financial year. DWER have guaranteed the funding for this to occur.
  • Bin Tagging postponed – this will commence again later this calendar year, again the funding has been secured for this to occur.
  • Local Government Waste Plans - not postponed yet. WALGA has requested an extension to the due date for the plans.  
  • Submissions – the Waste Team are working on the Submissions to DWER’s Papers on the Waste Levy and Waste Reform, in response to requests from WALGA, Local Government and industry, the deadline for Submissions on these important papers is now Wednesday, 15 July.
  • State Government Directions – to operationalise Government announcements, one of the mechanisms is the issuing of Directions by the Police Commissioner (who, through the Emergency Management Act has the power to do this). All of the Directions issued are available from the WA Government website. Two of the waste relevant directions relate to:
    • Prohibition on Regional Travel, which limits travel between Development Commission Regions. Waste management services are included as an essential service in this Direction. If you do need to travel between regions for any of the purposes allowed under the Direction, WALGA has developed a template letter that you can use.
    • Public Authorities – Delivery of Goods and Collection of Rubbish and Refuse Directions, this is intended to allow waste to be collected from shopping centres without time restrictions. WALGA has identified and provided feedback on this Direction, as the definition included (or Rubbish and Refuse) is inconsistent with the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act definitions, and the Direction assumes Local Government collects waste from shopping centres (which is not usually the case).
  • Waste Management is a necessary and essential service - In line with MWAC Position, we consider that waste is an essential service. WALGA has provided this advice to the Department of Local Government, Department of Premier and Cabinet and Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and there is wide scale support for this position from those Departments. 
  • Contingency Planning - WALGA is working with Local Governments and Preferred Suppliers to put in place contingency plans for mutual assistance with waste collection, should the waste collection work force be significantly impacted by COVID-19. WALGA is also working with recyclers, transfer stations and disposal sites to identify current capacity. With input from Local Governments and Preferred Suppliers, WALGA is identifying practical, legislative and contractual barriers to service delivery and will be working to address these barriers with Government. 
  • Splendid isolation - the WALGA Waste Team (and majority of WALGA staff) are now working from home, but you can still contact us through the usual channels.
If you’d like to know more about any of these issues, please feel free to give us a call on the following:
Rebecca Brown - 9213 2063
Tazra Hawkins - 9213 2062
Candy Wong - 9213 2086
Sarah Cambetis - 9213 2069
The Regs, They are a Changing
The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries is working on a range of regulatory amendments to facilitate Local Government business during the COVID-19 pandemic.
These amendments include:
  • Local Government (Functions and General) Regulations  - It is proposed the Regulations will be amended by raising the tender threshold to $250,000; introduce a new tender exemption for purchases required during a state of emergency declaration; and permit the extension or renewal of existing contracts which are due to expire (at the Local Government’s discretion). These amendments will permit a wider range of procurement activities to be conducted under Purchasing Policies and assist Local Governments in their response and recovery activities.
  • Local Government (Financial Management) Regulations  - The Regulations propose to ease the process for the movement and use of reserve funds, and borrowing of money while a state of emergency declaration is in force. 
  • Local Government (Long Service Leave) Regulations - The proposed amendment to the Regulations will enable employers and employees to agree to the taking of long service leave in two or more separate periods.
The Department is hopeful the amended Regulations will commence later next week.
For more information please contact, Manager Governance (Functions and General and Financial Management Regulations), James McGovern on 9213 2093, or Employee Relations Service Manager (Long Service Leave Regulations), Emma Clements on 9213 2014.
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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