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17 April 2020
Issue 8

In this issue:


What’s Happening in Waste?
WALGA is hosting a webinar on Thursday, 23 April to provide an update to the sector and an opportunity to raise any issues.
The session will provide a summary of the key happenings to date, an outline of the potential impacts of increasing waste generation, changes to the Local Government Act and recycling markets. Local Governments will also have the opportunity to ask questions and inform future advocacy and planning for post pandemic.
When:    1:00pm to 3:00pm, Thursday, 23 April
Where:   Online
RSVP:    Please register online.
For more information please contact Manager, Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown.
Nine Dolphins Worth of Rubbish
A bin trial along Coogee Beach prevented more than 2.6 tonnes of rubbish (equivalent to the weight of nine Bottlenose dolphins) from entering Cockburn’s coastal environment over the summer.
The three-month trial of 15 bins placed at beaches between Coogee Surf Life Saving Club and the Omeo shipwreck was held from 1 December to 9 March. The trial was part of the City of Cockburn’s new Clean Ocean Cockburn program.
The trial encouraged community members to pick up and bin three pieces of rubbish when out and about before posting a selfie of their efforts on Facebook or Instagram.

Image: Alana and Nicki from the City of Cockburn’s Waste Education Team with new beach bins at Coogee Beach.
For more information, contact the City’s Waste Education Team on 9411 3444.
The Officers Advisory Group (OAG), which provides input into WALGA’s delegated committee for waste management, is seeking members!
Currently there are vacancies for two metropolitan and three non-metropolitan Officers.

The OAG meets (at the moment virtually) every two months to discuss key waste management issues to inform WALGA advocacy, programs and initiatives. To download the application form visit the WALGA website.

Applications are due 5:00pm, Monday, 20 April.
If you’d like to discuss the vacancies, please contact Manager, Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
A Visit From the Easter Binny
The Easter Bunny hopped his way through Recycle Right’s Material Recycling Facility over the weekend, with two of his helpers driving waste and recycling the trucks!
Recycle Right went live on Facebook over the long weekend to show the public a behind-the-scenes look at the Material Recovery Facility. While posting the video of the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council facility, Recycle Right also managed to capture photos of the elusive Easter Binny!

To view the Facebook update, click here.
Boyup Brook’s Upgraded Recycling Centre
The Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre (CRC) has upgraded its recycling collection point, to help the community recycle materials that cannot be collect through kerbside recycling.
The Boyup Brook Community Resource Centre first offered residents a recycling program in 2018 when it started collecting soft plastics, batteries, mobile phones and coffee pods. However, since then the hub has grown to accept 10 different items including bread tags, crayons and plastic bottle lids.

The aim of the recycling program is to help the residents fight the War on Waste and avoid unwanted materials ending up in landfill.
For more information, visit the Boyup Brook CRC website.
Bin Isolation Madness
Stuck at home in isolation? Got a fancy costume? It’s time to get creative and dress yourself up in your best dressed (or most hilarious) outfit to do your weekly chore of putting the bins out.
Australians all over the country have come together over social media to bring some much-needed humour by dressing up as they take their bins out!

What started as a small Facebook group on the coast of Queensland, has now taken off across the country (and the world). Thousands of people are posting pictures and videos daily to showcase themselves and loved ones dressed up in hilarious costumes, while taking out the rubbish bins.

If you would like to be amused, join the Facebook group.
Waste Educators Know Best
Working from home, unable to see anyone, unable to meet?
Well these social distancing restrictions haven’t stopped the Waste Educators from coming together online and doing what they do best!

Despite the current global pandemic, the Waste Educators gathered together in their own living rooms to ‘talk trash’ and update each other on their current activities. The meeting was a huge success – pictured! 

If you are interested in being a part of the next Waste Educations Meeting, please contact Libby Eustance at WMRC.
DWER Update
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has released an important update regarding statutory obligations and COVID-19.
DWER has assured stakeholders that they will continue to meet the Departments responsibilities as the State’s primary water and environmental regulator and prioritise the health and safety of staff, communities, industry and other partners.

Statutory obligations including Ministerial Statements, water and environmental licence conditions and other regulatory responsibilities, remain in place, subject to any directions issued under the Emergency Management Act 2005 or the Public Health Act 2016.

If there is any significant risk to an organisations ability to comply with statutory responsibilities under environmental, waste and water legislation, please contact DWER.
To view the whole statement, visit the DWER website.
Waste Plan Extension Confirmed
The due date for Local Government Waste Plans has been extended by six months, with the Plans now due 31 March 2021.
WALGA welcomes this extension to the due date as it recognises the constraints that Local Governments are operating under at the current time.

The submission date for Draft Waste Plans has also been extended. Local Governments wanting to submit their draft Plans can do so by Wednesday, 30 September.
Local Governments will receive a formal notice from the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Director General, Mike Rowe.
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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