WALGA’s Waste Management Newsletter
Issue 14 August 2022

Waste Export Ban Webinar

The Federal Government is progressively regulating the export of waste plastics, including mixed plastics (July 2021), and single resin or polymer type plastics (July 2022).

State and Federal Governments, and industry have allocated funding to develop local processing options however, to date no plastic recycling facilities have been established in WA.  

WALGA is bringing together plastic recyclers and other industry experts to discuss the implications of the Waste Export Bans and the steps necessary to close the loop and recycle materials in WA.

When: 10:30am to 12:00pm on Tuesday, 30August.
Where: Online. Register here.

For more information, email Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Environment or call on (08)92132063.

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Bin Tagging Program Expression of Interest

WALGA will soon be seeking expressions of interest for the WasteSorted Bin Tagging Program 2022-23.
Using a combination of tools and strategies, the Bin Tagging Program has been designed to improve kerbside source separation. This Program is open WA Local Governments. Successful applicants will be eligible for up to $10,000 in funding to implement the Program.

WALGA will be hosting an Information Session to provide more details about this year’s Program. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend as some of the Program requirements have changed.

When: 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Tuesday, 23August.
Where: Online. Register here.

Visit the WasteNet website from Wednesday, 17 August for more information on how to make your submission and to download the expression of interest application form.

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Committing to a Better Waste Future

Five more WA Local Governments have committed to the Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO Program to implement source separation of food and garden organics in households.

The Cities of Nedlands and Subiaco, Towns of Claremont and Mosman Park, and the Shire of Esperance join 18 other Local Governments that have committed to the Program since it was introduced in 2020.

Three of the Local Governments (Claremont, Mosman Park, and Nedlands) will start the transition to 3-bin FOGO (Food Organics and Garden Organics) services from a 3-bin GO (Garden Organics) service, while Subiaco currently provides a GO bag and Esperance has a 2-bin system.

Read the media statement here or visit the Waste Authority website for more information about the Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO Program.

Regional and Remote Communities
Raring to Go!

There’s still time to get your entries in for the 2022 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards.

The iconic Keep Australia Beautiful Council Awards encompass sustainable initiatives as diverse as litter prevention, environmental education, preserving heritage, community action and youth leadership.

You can learn more about the types of community projects that have been submitted in the past and how communities benefit from entering the Awards.

There are eight categories open for entries until Monday, 29 August. Read the criteria here.

For more information, head over to the Keep Australia Beautiful Council website or email the Tidy Towns Team.

The Buzz About Batteries

WALGA hosted a Battery Stewardship Scheme Information Session on Tuesday, 9August 2022.
The Session covered:
  • How the Local Government battery collection network currently works in WA, including drawbacks and associated risks
  • B‑cycle, the National Battery Product Stewardship Scheme and how it works
  • How Local Governments can become part of B‑cycle and the benefits moving forward.
No need to bee concerned if you weren’t able to make it. Contact the WALGA HHW Coordinator to get access to a recording of the Session and presentations.

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To Buy, or Not to Buy? That is the Question

Share Shed Bassendean is a ‘library of things’ run by dedicated volunteers seeking to promote a more circular economy through borrowing.
By signing up, members of the Bassendean community get free access to a range of extremely useful but infrequently used communal items from lawnmowers to camping gear, without the need to purchase them for individual use.

If you know of any unused equipment that could be better put to use by sharing it with the community, consider donating it to Share Shed Bassendean. You can always borrow it back when you need it!

This initiative was established by Repair Café Bassendean with funding from the Waste Authority through the 2021-22 WasteSorted Grants.

Now that you’re feeling inspired, check out the 2022-23 WasteSorted Grants Program to kickstart your waste behaviour change idea.

Image Credit: Share Shed Bassendean.

Closing the Loop on Cosmetics

An 8-week trial is currently being conducted to inform the feasibility of a national product stewardship scheme for cosmetics.
From 22 July to 16 September 2022, consumers can bring any brand of used cosmetic makeup items to collection points in twelve participating retail stores across Australia, including Myer Perth and Joondalup. With support from the Australian Government, the trial aims to test different processing methods and research new ways of recycling cosmetics to achieve higher value end products.

Find out more here.

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HHW Program

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program was established to provide Western Australians with a safe, and free, disposal option for unwanted household products that contain chemicals or substances that can be harmful to people or the environment. Find out more here.
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Bin Tagging Program

The Bin Tagging Program focuses on reducing contamination and increasing resource recovery from kerbside bin systems by using a combination of information provision, incentives and enforcement. Click here to find out how your Local Government can get involved.

WALGA COVID-19 Updates

Read the latest sector-relevant information as it relates to COVID-19. These ad-hoc communications are released as State Government announcements are made. Click here to access the archive. To register to receive these updates via email, click here.
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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 our next newsletter.
Submit your content to the WALGA Waste Team


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