WALGA’s Waste Management Newsletter
Issue 15 August 2022

RE-thinking WA

Early-bird registrations for the 2022 Waste & Recycle Conference close today!

Join us at Crown Towers Perth on 14 and 15 September to hear from our incredible line up of speakers including the one and only Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, and torchbearer of sustainability Professor Peter Newman AO. Meet our speakers here.
  • Have a question for Dr Karl? Delegates are invited to submit their question for Dr Karl by completing an online form.
  • Curious to get some behind the scenes action? Choose between two full-day tours on Tuesday, 13 September. Limited spaces are available.
Don’t miss out on RE-thinking WA by Reducing, Recovering and Remanufacturing. Register now.

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Pooling Resources

The City of Canning is partnering with Daisy Pool Covers & Rollers to launch a new recycling program that is repurposing end-of-life pool covers.
Pool covers will be collected at the City’s Waste Transfer Station in Canning Vale and then transported to Daisy Pool Covers & Rollers in Welshpool where they will start their journey to be reprocessed into variety of products, including mining sample bags and builder’s film.

Open to residents and non-residents of the City, this free program accepts all backyard solar bubble, low density polyethylene (LDPE) pool covers from any manufacturer. Pool covers must have any strappings and rollers removed and be free of organic waste.

For more information, email Julie Brockman, City of Canning Strategic Waste Officer.

Image Credit: City of Canning.

Ban‑ding Together to Talk Trash

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.
Speakers will include:
  • Aaron Compton, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation
  • Nick Harford, Equilibrium
  • Peter Brisbane,  Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation
  • Chris Gusenzow, REMONDIS
  • Ruben Geisler, Chairay Sustainable Plastic Co.
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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Waste Authority Resets to Tackle
Waste Challenges

Environment Minister Reece Whitby welcomed Elizabeth Carr AM as the new Chair of the Waste Authority.
Deputy Chair Lee Broomhall, CEO of Workpower, and Tim Youé, CEO of the Resource Recovery Group, have been reappointed for five-year terms. Members Dr Joshua Byrne, Director of Josh Byrne & Associates, and Kelly Howlett, CEO of Bloodwood Tree Association, have been reappointed for four-year terms.

Read the media statement here.

Pictured (from left to right): Waste Authority Chair Elizabeth Carr AM, Waste Authority Deputy Chair Lee Broomhall, Resource Recovery Group CEO Tim Youé, Bloodwood Tree Association CEO Kelly Howlett and Director of Josh Byrne & Associates Dr Joshua Byrne. Image Credit: Waste Authority.

Community Litter Grants
Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the City of Bunbury, and Shires of Carnamah, Exmouth, Pingelly, and Three Springs.

These Local Governments are among 15 recipients who will share more than $54,000 to combat littering through community projects. Since the program’s inception in 2013 a total of $540,644 has been provided in funding to support community projects reducing litter and changing littering behaviour in Western Australia.

Peruse the Community Litter Grants 2022-23 projects here.

Waste Reform Advisory Group

The Waste Reform Advisory Group provides advice on the direction and development of waste policy and legislation in Western Australia, and includes representatives from WALGA, the Waste Authority, State and Local Government, peak industry and resource bodies, community groups and non-government organisations, and material recovery operators.

Key items from the Waste Reform Advisory Group meeting held on Wednesday, 3August.
  • DWER Waste Operations – There are 24 briefs of evidence currently before the courts or awaiting provision of legal advice. Offences include illegal dumping, littering, insecure load, failing to comply with requirement to provide information, causing serious environmental harm and intentionally discharging waste likely to cause pollution. The Department is finalising the Waste Compliance Program for 2022-23.
  • Waste Reform Update – A Discussion Paper Environmental Regulation Reform - A Strategic Review of regulatory delivery and fees for industry regulation will soon be released for a 12‑week public consultation. The discussion paper seeks feedback on the change from regulating prescribed premises to regulating prescribed activities and the supporting fee regime.
  • Single-use Plastic – Western Australia has been rated the leading jurisdiction in Australia for action on single-use plastics by World Wildlife Fund Australia two years in a row.
  • National Waste Export Ban – The Australian Recycling and Infrastructure Capacity and Readiness (Plastic and Paper) report prepared for the Australian Council of Recycling can be viewed here.
Full details of the outcomes from the meeting are available here.

Consistent Communication
Collective Communiqué

The Consistent Communications Collective (CCC) is a Working Group of the Municipal Waste Advisory Council, WALGA’s delegated Committee responsible for waste management. The key objective of the Collective is to ensure that all those communicating with the community on waste management related matters are providing a consistent message.
At the Wednesday, 10 August meeting the Group discussed:
  • Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and the potential implications for materials that are accepted in kerbside FOGO bins.
To find out more about the Collective, email Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Environment or call on (08) 9213 2063.

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.
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