WALGA’s Waste Management Newsletter
Issue 16 September 2022

Bin Tagging Program Expression of Interest Closing Soon!

WALGA is seeking expressions of interest for the 2022-23 WasteSorted Bin Tagging Program.

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

Applications must be received by 5:00pm on Friday, 16September 2022.

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

Image Credit: Waste Authority.

Waste Authority Business Plan 2022-23

The Waste Authority Business Plan 2022‑23 identifies the actions and activities that are funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account (WARR Account).
The Waste Authority applies funds from the WARR Account to implement programs consistent with the annual business plan. The State Budget forecast is that Waste Levy revenue will be $83 million, and the amount credited to the WARR Account is estimated to be at least $20.75 million.

Some of the new programs include:
  • Progressing market development for FOGO $150,000
  • Organics Infrastructure Transition Program $1,000,000
  • C&D Incentive Program for Local Governments $350,000
  • FOGO end-product specification $50,000
  • Support for emerging and priority waste streams $600,000
Other key action areas are the implementation of findings from the Waste Levy review undertaken by DWER in 2019‑20 and 2020‑21, and the establishment of a schedule of levy rates that provides a minimum five-year projection. There is also an action to finalise the State Waste Infrastructure Plan.

The Waste Authority Business Plan 2022‑23 is available here.

Image Credit: Waste Authority.

Can the Waste & Recycle Conference
Get Any Better?

It sure can. This year we are delighted to partner with Repair Café Perth and the EMRC who will be at the Conference on Wednesday and Thursday to help you RE-think repair and reuse.
Repair Café
Two repairers will be available over morning tea and lunch to repair some of your much‑loved items. They will be able to tackle your textile and general repair needs.  

Clothes Swap
The EMRC have devised a Clothes Swap like no other for the Conference. There will be an extensive range of clothing and accessories ready for swapping during all breaks.

Love op shopping and craving some styling tips?
Bring along your favourite op shop finds and book a 15-minute individual styling session with The Style Counsellor, Ciara Lowe-Thiedeman, to help you get the most out of what you already own.

More details on the Repair Café and Clothes Swap can be found on the Waste & Recycle Conference website.

Join us at Crown Towers Perth on 14 and 15 September to hear from our incredible line up of speakers, get to know industry suppliers in our extensive Trade Exhibition and network with colleagues over two full days of the event. Register now.

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Change Maker Awards

Celebrate those who are going above and beyond to save 10c containers from the fill. Entries are now open!
The Change Maker Awards celebrate the exceptional efforts of schools, community groups, businesses, individuals, charities, and Refund Point Operators who have contributed to recycling more than 1.5 billion 10c containers in WA since Containers for Change commenced in October 2020.

If you are a Refund Point Operator, or if there is a school, sporting club, workplace or individual in your Local Government area that has kicked it out of the park when it comes to container recycling, make sure to enter to showcase and motivate others on how to be the change and stop feeding the fill.

There are four categories to enter:
  • Community group or school of the year
  • Charity of the year
  • Business of the year
  • Individual of the year.
Entries can be made online and close at 2:00pm on Monday, 3 October 2022. One entry per person.

Finalists and award recipients will be announced at the Change Maker of the Year awards ceremony at Crown Perth on Friday, 4 November. Check out the Refund Point Operator and General toolkits for more information or email the Change Maker Awards Team.

Pictured: The City of Bunbury Refund Point accepting a Change Maker Award in 2021. From left to right, Tanya Greay, Natalie Bovell, Erica Lay, Kazutaka Sumi and Containers for Change CEO Tim Cusack. Image Credit: Western Australia Return Recycle Renew Limited.

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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