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MWAC Information Bulletin
7 August 2015
Issue 217

In this issue...
  • Monday 17 August - KABC nominations
  • Tuesday 18 August - MWAC Strategic Plan surveys
  • Wednesday, 19 August - KAB Community Litter Grants
  • Friday, 21 August - Draft Environmental Standard for composting
  • Friday, 21 August - Draft Guidance Statement: Environmental Standards
  • Sunday 23 August - Infinity Award nominations

Upcoming DER Regulation
The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) has provided a schedule of Deliverables and their overarching approach to their regulatory function.
The DER has identified a Program of work for the coming months which includes developing specific guidance for rural landfills and separation distances for various activities.
DER hosted an information session on Wednesday 29 July regarding the range of material which is due to be released in the coming months and their overall approach.  
WALGA are current developing Submission on the Draft Guidance Statement on Environmental Standards and the Draft Environmental Standard for Composting.
The DER Strategy and Reform Deliverables and the Regulatory functions: Application of foundation reform deliverables is available here.
For more information on the WALGA Submission contact Heather Squire, Waste Management Policy Coordinator on 9213 2069.
TV and Computer Consultation Session
WALGA are hosting a workshop with the Department of the Environment to discuss opportunities for involvement in the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.
Following the federal operational review of the Scheme, the Department of the Environment identified a need for better communication between the Co-Regulatory Arrangements, State and Local Government. WALGA will be facilitating this workshop between the Department of Environment, Co-Regulatory Arrangements and the Local Governments. This workshop will be used to discuss options to manage exisiting issues relating to the delivery of e-waste collection services.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday 18 August from 9:00am – 10:30am at WALGA, 170 Railway Pde, West Leederville.
To register, contact Ariane Katscherian, Waste Management Support Officer by Friday 14 August.
MWAC Strategises with Survey
The Municipal Waste Advisory Council (MWAC) is a standing Council of the Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA).
MWAC has delegated authority to represent WALGA in all matters relating to solid waste management.  MWAC is supported by staff within the Environment and Waste team of WALGA.

MWAC is in the process of developing a new Strategic Plan and identifying priority actions for the coming year. As part of this process, we are seeking feedback from a broad range of stakeholders.   MWAC aims to advocate on behalf of Local Government, develop policy and deliver programs that benefit the sector.  Feedback is sought to ensure that MWAC is meeting the needs of members.

Two surveys have been developed. The first survey is for Local Government Officers and Elected Members and is available here:

The second survey is for members of the Waste industry, State and Federal Government is available here:
Please complete the relevant survey by Tuesday, 18 August.
Funding Opportunity
Community based groups including local interest and environmental groups are encouraged to apply for a grant from the Waste Authority’s Community Grants Scheme (CGS).
Funding is provided for local projects consistent with the Waste Authority’s priorities and involving practical waste reduction measures.
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 CGS, including application forms and guidelines are available from the Waste Authority website.
Applications must be received by 5pm Friday 11 September. For more information contact Waste Authority Grants Officer, Bianca King or call 6467 5318.
Voluntary Protocol for Fund Return
A Voluntary Waste Industry Protocol for return of funds generated through the Carbon Price has been released.
This Protocol was developed by the Australian Local Government Association and the Australian Landfill Owners Association in Partnership with the Federal Government. 

The aim of the Protocol is to provide greater certainty for Local Government and Business on how to return funds generated by through the Carbon Price.
More information about the Voluntary Waste Industry Protocol visit the Department of the Environment website.
Taking a stand on roadside litter
Keep Australia Beautiful WA and Main Roads WA are organising the first community clean up on the Reid Highway and asking community volunteers to get involved.
To kick off Keep Australia Beautiful Week 2015, the clean up will be held on Sunday 23 August. To register your interest, click here.

There are already more than 520 groups involved in the Adopt-a-Spot program, doing regular clean ups on various sites across the state, but only a small proportion of these are on major roads.
. KAB WA is now working more closely with Main Roads WA to promote greater engagement in the community and finding practical solutions.
Illegal dumping social research
The NSW Environmental Protection Authority have published social research into illegal dumping on the EPA website.
The research provides insights into what influences and motivates different types of dumping across NSW.
The summary and full Report are available from
Put Plastic back on the List
5.25 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the world's oceans are killing marine animals every year, including Australian dolphins.
Federal Environment Minister Greg Hunt delisted packaging from the priority list under the national Product Stewardship Act. He is now about to review the national marine debris plan which aims to limit the damage that plastic and other waste products cause to Australia's marine life.

The Boomerang Alliance has an online petition to ask Minister Hunt to reinstate plastic packaging as a priority under Australia’s Product Stewardship Act.
To sign the Boomerang Alliance petition visit their website.
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:
ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade,
West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
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