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29 April 2016
Issue 7

In this issue...
  • Tuesday, 24 May - WALGA submission (DER Environmental Standard: Composting)
  • Friday, 27 May - W&R Conference Speaker Abstracts
  • Monday, 6 June - DER Environmental Standard: Composting
  • Wednesday, 11 May - Women in Waste
  • Thursday, 19 May - WALGA/WMAA workshop (DER Environmental Standard: Composting)
  • Thursday, 15 September to Friday, 16 September - Waste & Recycle Conference 2016

Con Countdown
The Waste & Recycle Conference 2016 is your opportunity to share your expertise and experience with the waste industry, Local, State and Federal Government, education institutions and interested members of the community.

If you are interested in presenting at the 2016 Waste & Recycle Conference, please see the attached Call for Papers and Expression of Interest. Speakers should also fill in the attached Abstract Submission by Friday 27 May.
For more information, visit the Waste & Recycle Conference Website
LG Spotlight: No Glass!
The Mindarie Regional Council has rolled out a ‘No Glass’ campaign to the residents of the Cities of Joondalup, Vincent and Wanneroo and the Town of Victoria Park, advising residents against placing glass in the green top general waste bin.

This campaign is aimed at reducing the glass contamination in compost produced by the Neerabup Resource Recovery Facility, to improve its quality and as a result its marketability and usage in general. Shifting glass bottles and jars from the general waste bin to the recycle bin is expected to also provide a number of improved operational and recycling outcomes.

The campaign is based around a ‘NO GLASS in THIS Bin’ sticker and associated education material, targeting 425,000 residents in 170,000 households. Results so far have indicated a good response to the campaign with a noticeable reduction in the amount of glass being deposited in the green top bin, an increase in glass in the yellow to bin and most importantly a reduction in the amount of glass found in the produced compost.

For more information, visit the MRC website.
Women in Waste
The next Women in Waste event will be held Wednesday 11 May.
At this event Women in Waste are focusing on practical ways to increase the diversity of your organisation and foster an accepting organisational environment.   We’ll hear different perspectives on increasing diversity, from the business sector to community engagement.   Our speakers will spell out what diversity means to them and what they do to foster an environment which encourages everyone.

When: 7.30 – 9am, Wednesday 11 May 
Where: Herbert Smith Freehills Office, Level 36, QV1 Building, Perth
Some of our wonderful speakers are:
  • Durga Bhamidipaty – SMRC Waste Recycling Education Network, Chair
  • Steve Burnell – That Bin Guy
  • Lia Barnett – Talis
More speakers to be announced!

Thank you to Herbert Smith Freehills who are supporting this event.
To RSVP, fill in the registration page by COB Monday 9 May.
Composting Consultation
The Department of Environment and Regulation (DER) has released a revised draft Environmental Standard: Composting for comment.
This Environmental Standard will apply to aerobic composting operations under category 67A of Schedule 1 to the Environmental Protection Regulations 1987. It will apply to both new applications and existing licences. The revised Standard addresses the substantial feedback received on the initial draft, with the Department adopting a risk based approach to regulation. 

The deadline for submitting comment to the Department is Monday 6 June 2016.

WALGA and WMAA will be hosting a consultation workshop to collect feedback on the draft Environmental Standard. The consultation session will be held Thursday 19 May from 1:30 – 5:00pm at WALGA, 170 Railway Pde, West Leederville.

To attend the workshop, fill in the registration page by COB Monday 16 May.
Alternatively, to contribute to the WALGA Submission, contact Heather Squire, Waste Management Specialist on 9213 2069 or email by COB Tuesday 24 May.
Unsecure Loads, Unsafe Roads
Interested in creating a cleaner and safer environment for your community? Keep Australia Beautiful WA (KABWA) is seeking Local Governments who are interested in promoting the message ‘Unsecured Loads, Unsafe Roads’.
To promote this message a donation of $300 is available to your Local Government.

Research has shown that over 40% of the roadside litter comes from the back of utes, trucks and trailers because loads are not properly secured.  In addition to polluting the environment, items coming off the back of vehicles pose a safety risk to other road users.

The Unsecured Load, Unsafe Road campaign includes a range of strategies to educate drivers about the dangers of not securing their loads correctly and how to avoid the hazards caused by items falling off trucks, utes and trailers.

KABWA has developed a kit, which can be used at local events, to promote the Campaign and would like to partner with Local Government to spread this important message in your local community.

Opportunities to exhibit include field days, market days or community festivals. Or perhaps you have ideas of other avenues where you can promote this important message. Not only will you be addressing a litter issue but making your community safer.

Please see attached further information about the project.
If you are interested please contact or ring Hayley on 6467 5122 to find out more.
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
Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
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