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25 November 2016
Issue 21

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LG Focus: Nappy Launch
All new mothers in the Perth metropolitan in 2017 will receive information about how to dispose of their used disposable nappies.

The Metropolitan Regional Councils across Perth have partnered to roll out a nappy disposal campaign featured in Bounty New Mother Bags.

Recent audits of the material being delivered to the Materials Recovery Facility at the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council’s Regional Resource Recovery Centre revealed that every week, thousands of nappies were being disposed of incorrectly through yellow topped recycling bins in the region. Not only do they pose a biohazard to workers, they also have the potential to impose export bans and compromise the paper recycling process.

This campaign, in conjunction with advertising on buses, in community papers, social media and television segments, aims to reduce the number of nappies being disposed of incorrectly.

This campaign is funded by Keep Australia Beautiful WA through the Community Litter Grant Scheme.
For more information contact Emma Baker, Southern Metropolitan Regional Council on 9256 9528
DER Regulatory Rollout
The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) has recently released some key regulatory guidance statements.

These documents include guidance on how regulatory controls will be applied to works approvals and licences granted under Part V, Division 3 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act).

The Guidance Statement: Environmental Risk Assessment Framework and Guidance Statement: Regulatory Controls have been merged and retitled as Guidance Statement: Risk Assessments. This has improved readability and addressed concerns on the relationship, inconsistencies and linkages in the draft documents, and the Guidance Statement: Regulatory Principles. The Guidance Statement: Regulatory Assessment Framework has been renamed Guidance Statement: Decision Making.

As both of the Decision Making and Risk Assessments Guidance Statements now address the issues that were previously contained in Guidance Statement: Licence and Works Approval Process - these documents have been removed from DER’s website.

Within the Consultation Summary documents that are provided on the Departments website, DER has stated that it will hold a series of workshops with industry to explain the Guidance Statements in more detail.
The delivery schedule for a number of regulatory reform documents has also been updated. For more information visit the DER website.
Community Waste Funds
Twelve WA community groups will receive grants worth more than $96,000 for projects to decrease waste, improve recycling and provide public education.

In announcing the Awards, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said "The community projects that will receive funding are supported by dedicated people, many of whom lead by example and volunteer their own time for the good of the environment," Mr Jacob said.

"Hilton Harvest Community Garden, which received more than $12,000 funding in 2011 to build a compost shelter, now has an extra $2,000 to install a new composting system to reuse putrescible waste from a nearby cafe into its garden beds.

"Other funded projects include collection and donation of upcycled goods to families in need, community waste management workshops and recycling green waste at a regional composting facility."

The scheme is administered by the Waste Authority, and funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, to support projects that divert waste from landfill and for use as a resource.
For more information visit the WasteAuthority website.
Concrete advice on Asbestos Roofs
The Department of Health has released a Guidance Note of Asbestos Cement Roofs to provide advice on the identification and management of cement sheet roofs made with asbestos-containing materials (ACM) in residential settings.
If a roof is made of cement sheeting, was installed before 1990 and has characteristic features then it is highly likely to be ACM and should be treated as such. Many of the ACM roofs in WA have deteriorated or been damaged after decades of use, and usually this is much more so than other ACM products such as fences and cladding due to roofs’ heavy exposure to the elements.

In most cases a roof is unlikely to present a risk to people but in certain circumstances they can. Where a risk occurs action should be taken and the Department of Health considers that ACM roofs should be removed and replaced where practical or necessary.
The Guidance Note is available from the Department of Health website.
Sewage Sweepstakes
The Western Australian Government has released the draft Government Sewerage Policy 2016 and accompanying Explanatory Notes for public comment.
The draft Government Sewerage Policy promotes reticulated sewerage as the best disposal method for sewage. The draft Policy will apply to all strategic and sub-regional plans, local planning schemes, structure plans, subdivision proposals that create lots of less than four hectares, and development other than rural land use on land that is zoned rural or development of a single house on a single lot.

Further information relating to the draft Policy can be found on the Department of Planning website.
WALGA is preparing a submission on the draft Policy. Feedback should be provided by Monday, 30 January 2017 to Christopher Green, Planning & Development Senior Planner.
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
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