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4 March 2016
Issue 3

Save the date: Waste & Recycle 2016, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September. More information coming soon!

In this issue...

LG Spotlight: Fremantle Reverse Vending Machine
The Reverse Vending Machine (RVM) in City of Fremantle has recycled over 1,400 drink containers since September.
The RVM on the Esplanade swaps empty plastic bottles and aluminium cans for reward coupons from local businesses.

With a capacity of up to 2,000 crushed bottles and aluminium cans, the program will be trialled in Fremantle until 2018.
To find out more about this fantastic initiative, visit the City of Fremantle website.
Is that recyclable?
Planet Ark has developed a voluntary label to help answer that question.  The label identifies if an item of packaging is widely recycled through the Local Government kerbside system.
If you would like to find out more about the recycling label and the software that backs it up, WALGA are hosting a workshop  2.00pm - 4.00pm on Wednesday, 23 March.
For more information on the workshop, download the flyer. To register your attendance, please provide your details here by COB Friday 18 March.
Let the good times roll
Sick of dumped shopping trolley’s?  WALGA has developed a short Background Paper on illegal dumping of shopping trolleys with some strategies to address the issue.
Illegal dumping of shopping trolleys is a small but persistent illegal dumping issue. The Paper provides information on the impact of illegally dumped shopping trolleys, the way Local Governments are currently addressing this issue, and options for managing illegally dumped shopping trolleys. The Paper provides a list of options for Local Governments to minimise this type of illegal dumping.

To access the Shopping Trolley Background Paper, visit the WasteNet website.
Good Sammy open day for Local Government
Good Samaritan Industries (GSI) are hosting a tour of the Good Sammy Recycling Plant in Canning Vale for Local Government Officers and Elected Members.
GSI collected, processed and recycled close to 5 million kilos of unwanted items from Good Sammy recycling/donation bins in the metropolitan last financial year. Local Governments are invited to take a tour of the Recycling Plant to see the process first hand. Event details as follows:

When: Wednesday 13 April
Venue: 33 Bannister Road, Canning Vale
Time: 9:30 am – arrival and a tour of the recycling plant followed at 10:00am by morning tea and a short presentation on Good Samaritan Industries.

Please wear closed in shoes for the tour
For more information and to register your attendance, contact Ann Cunningham, Partnership Coordinator on 9463 0565.
1,500 butts collected at East Freo beach
Community volunteers recently conducted an onshore/offshore clean-up from East Fremantle collecting 5,704 items of marine debris, including 1,514 cigarette butts and filters.
The group, led by the Sea Shepherd Perth Marine Team and including City of Fremantle Deputy Mayor Josh Wilson and State Government Member for Fremantle Simone McGurk, cleaned 2km2 of Swan River.

Over 100kg of litter was collected in 20 bags. 473 plastic bags, 560 pieces of plastic food packaging and over 800 pieces of paper and cardboard (including newspapers and magazines) were collected.

The Perth Marine Debris Team are conducting another clean up on Sunday 6 March at South Beach. Visit the event page for more information.
Cash Splash to reduce marine plastics pollution
The Australian Government has committed $60,000 to research the major sources of marine plastic waste and determine the most cost-effective options to reduce its volume.
The funding, under the National Environmental Science Programme’s (NESP) Marine Biodiversity Hub, in collaboration with the Tropical Water Quality Hub and other research partners, will deliver this research to guide a national approach for assessing current waste management practices and will offer support to local, state and territory governments to reduce the amount of plastic waste entering waterways.

Last December, Commonwealth, State and Territory Environment Ministers announced plans to achieve a voluntary phase out of microbeads by no later than July 2018. Environment Minister Greg Hunt has now announced that “if by 1 July 2017 it is clear that the voluntary phase-out will not achieve what is effectively a widespread ban on microbeads, the Federal Government will take action to implement a ban in law."
For more information read the media releases on the Department for the Environment website.
Update: Clinical Waste Management Policy
The Department of Health has updated the Clinical and Related Waste Management Policy (Operational Directive OD: 0651/16).
The Clinical and Related Waste Management Policy provides the minimum requirements for the management of clinical and related waste to ensure these materials are segregated, stored, transported and disposed of in a manner that minimises the risk of public exposure to potentially contaminated material and minimises environmental impact.
The Clinical and Related Waste Management Policy has been revised:
  • To incorporate relevant elements from the superseded WA Health waste policies (ODs 0258/09, 0259/09, 0260/09, 0261/09) to create a single policy outlining the health facility requirements for managing waste; and  
  • To allow the use of new technologies and processes for waste management, including maceration/autoclave treatment, instead of incineration, of contaminated sharps, and the interstate transport of clinical waste for the purpose of incineration.
For more information visit the Department of Health website.
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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