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5 August 2016
Issue 14

In this issue...

  • Thursday 25 August: Environmental Planning Tool workshop
  • Wednesday 14 - Friday 16 September: Waste & Recycle Conference
  • Friday 2 September: Community Waste Grants Funding

Less is More
This year’s Waste & Recycle Conference will be an action packed two day event offering attendees access to workshops, tours, speakers and networking opportunities.
Keynote speakers will present on new developments in infrastructure, technology, regulation and behaviour change. Speakers include:
  • Freek van Eijk, Acceleratio, a senior Dutch expert in the field of waste management and circular economy and will be bringing his considerable expertise to WA.
  • Liam Smith, BehaviourWorks Australia at Monash Sustainability Institute, will be talking about how to put in place effective behaviour change programs.
  • Steve Beaman, NSW Environment Protection Authority, will provide a run down on how the NSW Government is implementing a Container Deposit Scheme.
Early Bird Registration closes Friday 26 August, visit the Waste & Recycle website to register.
LG Spotlight: Albany’s Tip Top Tip Shop
City of Albany have recently launched the revamped Fossicker’s Tip Shop.
The City took over direct management of the Tip Shop 12 months ago and two months ago revamped the shop including new storage, floor painting and changes to layout and access. The result was showcased at a community opening celebration that was attended by over 300 people.

Fossickers Tip Shop is now a highly valued community destination and a social hub for gathering, recycling goods, sharing stories of repurposing and inspiration. The Shop now includes recycled steel artworks, a catchy and prominent entry statement and demonstration projects to show how to upcycle items. In 12 months the shop has sold over 190,000 items diverting waste to landfill and raising the profile of the Shop as a place to visit for unique, vintage and pre-loved goods.

This work has been driven with the new branding of Fossickers and the creation of mascot ‘Mr Fossicker’ a vintage-styled bandicoot (a local species for Albany) which will now run through all educational materials.
For more information, email City of Albany, Waste Sustainability Officer Sonja Parker or call 0476 847 818.
Community Waste Grants Funding
Community based groups with an interest in waste management projects, including local interest and environmental groups, are encouraged to apply for a grant from the Waste Authority’s Community Grants Scheme (CGS).
Applications are assessed by the ability of the project to reduce waste generation and/or recover and recycle resources.  All the relevant documents relating to the Scheme, including application forms and guidelines, are available on the Waste Authority website.

Applications close 5:00pm Friday, 2 September.
For more information, email Waste Authority Grants Officer, Bianca King on 6467 5318.
Data Gold
The Goldfields Waste Data and Priority Study Report has gathered and analysed waste data from a range of stakeholders in the Goldfields-Esperance Region. The Study examined the lifecycle of waste from generation to treatment or disposal along with identifying key regional waste management priorities.
The Study aimed to enhance recycling in the Region and help key decision makers reach informed decisions on future waste planning including services and infrastructure investments.

256,945 tonnes of waste was generated in the Study Area in 2014/15 making it the third largest waste generating region in Western Australia. The largest contributing sector was the mining industry, which generated 35% of the waste followed by the domestic sector with 27%. As part of the Study, waste volumes were projected to 2035 using three different growth scenarios. Under the high growth scenario (1.19%), waste generation in the Study Area could reach 329,404 tonnes over the next 20 years representing a 28% increase on 2014/15 levels. 

This Study was a very important step in regional collaboration on waste management initiatives in the Region, with a number of recommendations published.

The study waste funded by the Goldfields Environmental Management Group (GEMG) and supported by the Waste Authority, Goldfields Esperance Voluntary Region of Councils (GVROC), Western Australia’s Department of Mines and Petroleum, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CMEWA), Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce & Industry (KBCCI), Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission and Talis Consultants.
The Report can be access from the GEMG website.
No Plastic Wrap
60,000 people from 129 countries took part in this year’s Plastic Free July (PFJ).
Visit the PFJ Facebook to read community success stories and get tips to continue reducing plastic at home. The month-long challenge to refuse single use plastics is a way to kick start long term behaviour change at home and at work.

Local businesses in the NSW town of Mullumbimby took the challenge on board and the local IGA committed to go plastic bag free for two weeks. The supermarket thus avoided handing out 3500 – 5000 plastic bags a week. After two weeks the store extended the ban to the end of July and has now decided to continue the ban indefinitely, saving 150,000 bags a year!
To promote your PFJ success stories or your upcoming waste reduction events, email Waste Management Support Officer, Ariane Katscherian.
Environmental Planning Tool workshop
The next Environmental Planning Tool (EPT) training workshop will be held Thursday 25 August.
This workshop will show you how to use the EPT to your advantage, whether you’re planning your next landfill, evaluating development proposals, preparing native vegetation clearing applications, preparing for vegetation surveys, or planning for natural area management activities.

Date: Thursday, 25 August
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Venue: WALGA, ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville WA 6007
Cost: Free
RSVP: By 22 August here.
Please bring your own laptop if possible. If you are unable to provide your own laptop, please email, and we will assign one to you.
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!

Please submit your content to WALGA's Waste Management Support Officer Ariane Katscherian.
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:
Bunbury Harvey Regional Council
City of Greater Geraldton
Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council
Mindarie Regional Council
Rivers Regional Council
Western Metropolitan Regional Council
Southern Metropolitan Regional Council
ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade,
West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
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