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1 mAY 2020
Issue 9

In this issue:


LG Focus: Recycled Roads
The City of Subiaco is beginning to trial a new sustainable road asphalt mix made from recycled material!
In an effort to help keep workers in jobs during COVID-19, the City of Subiaco are trialling a new sustainable asphalt mix. This new asphalt has a mixture of soft plastics, toner cartridges, car tyres and reclaimed asphalt pavement. Works began on Thursday, 9 April.

The City is one of the first locations in WA to trial the new road mixtures, with the recycled mixture used to resurface Daglish Street. The mix used was crumb rubber from 87 truck tyres, which is expected to improve the durability and lifespan of the road.

The City is choosing to continue projects like this and is looking to see what appropriate projects could be brought forward to help keep workers employed during this difficult time.
If you would like to know more, please visit the City of Subiaco’s website.
Join Up - Plastic Free July
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 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. Behavioural science experts, communication experts and waste educators have developed the package which includes resources, webinars, implementation guides and tools exclusively for Local Government.

In the changing situation with COVID-19, Plastic Free July are making changes to the challenge and membership for this year. These changes are relevant and reflect the adjustment in social, work and personal circumstances. Plastic Free July 2020 offers people the opportunity to do something positive and this year’s campaign will focus on what people can do in their homes.

Local Governments in WA who have already signed up include Western Metropolitan Regional Council, City of Cockburn, Town of Bassendean, Southern Metropolitan Regional Council and Mindarie Regional Council.

For more information, visit Plastic Free July or contact Helen Whitkin.
WALGA has been working with several Local Governments in the development of Local Government Waste Plans, required as part of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.
WALGA is hosting a workshop on Local Government Waste Plans to give Local Governments the opportunity to ask questions and go through their own waste plans.

When:   1:00pm to 2:30pm, Wednesday, 6 May
Where:  Online
RSVP:   Please register here.
If you have any queries, please email Manager, Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
Supporting Local Business
Local businesses will be able to more easily access Local Government contracts with the launch of a sector-wide procurement platform.
Underwritten by WALGA and free to use for members and suppliers, VendorPanel Marketplace enables Local Government buyers to link with local suppliers and manage local procurement processes.

The Marketplace platform allows users to identify local suppliers using geolocation technology and invite them to submit quotes and proposals for minor purchasing and project activity. The platform is free for supplier use, and once registered, suppliers can receive invitations to quote on work on multiple categories.
WALGA and individual Local Governments will be inviting local businesses to discover more and register as suppliers on the platform.
Draft Waste Levy and Waste Reform Submissions 
WALGA has developed Draft Submissions on the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) Waste Reform and Levy Papers.
The DWER has extended the due dates on both Papers to Wednesday, 15 July. The Draft WALGA Submissions are available on the WasteNet website.

Please provide any feedback on the Submissions by COB Friday, 29 May.
Feedback should be sent to Waste Management Specialist, Candy Wong (9213 2086).
Save the Date: Waste & Recycle Conference 2020 - Friday, 25 September
The Waste & Recycle Conference for 2020 will be a special half day, virtual, session focusing on key issues.
The WA Local Government Association, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association jointly host the Waste & Recycle Conference. Cognisant of the challenging and uncertain times currently being experienced the host organisations have agreed that, instead of the usual in person event in September, a half day online event will be held on Friday, 25 September.
More information will be available soon on the Waste & Recycle Conference website.
FOGO Forum
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulations (DWER) recently provided a workshop on FOGO, which included presentations from Waste Authority member, Josh Byrne.
The first FOGO online session took place on Friday, 17 April and details, including the presentations, will soon be available on the Waste Authority’s website.

Anyone interested in FOGO is encouraged to register for the upcoming sessions:
  • Processing and Markets - 10:00am to 12:30pm, Friday, 1 May
  • Local Government Services - 10:00am to 12:30pm, Friday, 15 May
  • Engagement and Education - 10:00am to 12:30pm, Friday, 29 May
To register for the sessions, please email DWER or call Julie Barnes on (08) 6364 7017.
What’s Happening in Waste Webinar Recording
WALGA hosted an online webinar on Friday, 24 April to provide an update on waste during these tough times.
The team at WALGA were extremely impressed with the turn out for this webinar, as well as how efficiently the webinar ran. A huge thank you goes out to all who attended online, presented and participated in the webinar.

If you didn’t make it but would like to see the webinar recording, click here.
If you have any queries please contact Manager Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown.
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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