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MWAC Information Bulletin
30 January 2014
Issue 181

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New Look Information Bulletin & WasteNet Website
Communications from the WALGA Waste team has a whole new look for 2014.
This is the first edition of the new look MWAC Information Bulletin, which we will be trialling as a fortnightly publication to keep everyone up to date on what’s happening in waste. 

The WasteNet website has also been revamped, with new sections dedicated to the programs and information you need to access.
The web address remains the same - please visit
Three Bin Wins
$7.5 million in funding will be provided to Local Government for the implementation of the Better Bins Program.

Announced on Tuesday 14 January by Environment Minister Hon. Albert Jacob MLA, $7.5 millon in funding will be provided for the implementation of the Better Practice Kerbside Collections Guidelines.

The focus of the Guidelines is on two and three bin collection systems, with funding available for the implementation of these systems; from bin infrastructure to community education.
For Local Governments who would like to apply for funding, visit the Waste Authority website.  Expression of interest are now being sought and close Monday, 30 June. The Waste Authority will be holding a breakfast information session on Wednesday, 12 February to provide more background to the program and to answer questions. Contact Marie Louise Hunt for more information.

To provide further clarification of its position regarding source separation, the Waste Authority has published a Position Statement indicating that the Waste Authority recognises source separation as best practice wherever reasonably technically, environmentally and economically practicable.
More information on the Better Bins Program is available here and to access to the Position Statement, visit the Waste Authority website.
Litter Jitters
Keep Australian Beautiful (KAB) WA is currently seeking feedback on the Draft Litter Strategy 2014-19, in which Local Government has been included as a key focus area.
The final Litter Strategy will provide a comprehensive framework for reducing litter and illegal dumping in Western Australia.

WALGA will be compiling a submission on the Draft Strategy.
If you would like to contribute to the WALGA submission, please contact Heather Squire, Waste Management Policy Coordinator by COB Friday, 7 February.
Cash for Containers – SCEW’d?
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) met in December and decided to reduced number of Ministerial Councils, effectively aboloshing the Standing Council on Environment and Water (SCEW).
SCEW was the national body which was going to consider whether or not to implement a national Cash for Containers Scheme.

With the abolition of SCEW it is currently not clear how this significant national matter will be decided. WALGA will be writing to the Federal Environment Minister seeking clarification on this issue.
For more information please contact Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste & Recycling on 9213 2063.
The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) has recently launched a second round of consultation as part of its review of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003.
DER has prepared a Discussion Paper which identifies several areas of the Act and Regulations which may need some modification and asks for feedback on the possible changes.

The Paper is available from the DER website. Submissions are due Monday 24 February, 2014.
If you’d like to contribute to the WALGA submission on the Paper, please send comments to Michelle Brent, Environment Policy Officer by 5pm on Friday, 31 January.
Get Green
More than 1,000 households signed up to recycling rewards program GreenMoney within two weeks of its 12-month trial launch in Melbourne.
GreenMoney allows residents to earn rewards points and claim special discounts "simply by recycling". Points are distributed to each household based on the weight of their recyclables collected from their recycling bin at a rate of 50 points per kilogram.

These points can then be redeemed at participating retailers, restaurants, cinema and local attractions. In Sydney, the program in Randwick has already delivered a 10.4% increase in recycling. (Source: Ben Global).
For more information, visit GreenMoney.
Battery Bothers and ABS results
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 83% of household batteries from 4.7 million households went to landfill between March 2011-2012.
Similarly, of the households that disposed of fluorescent tubes or globes, 75% of households had them collected with other non-recycled waste.

Household appliances did not fare much better, with nearly 39% of households disposing of them through general waste, while 26% had them collected via kerbside recycling.
For more information, visit the Australian Bureau of Statistics website.
So Long Styrofoam
New York's City Council voted unanimously to ban the use of polystyrene (Styrofoam) containers in December.
New York is now the largest U.S. city to implement such a ban on single-use foam containers. Currently, New Yorkers throw away 23,000 tons of polystyrene per year.

The ban will take effect in a year, unless industry makers can prove Styrofoam can be recycled - something that has not successfully been done by any municipality.
For more information, visit Treehugger
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