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19 february 2016
Issue 2

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

In this issue...

LG Spotlight: Bin tagging near you
Five Local Governments are rolling out the Bin Tagging program in March/April.
The Local Governments taking part in the program are:
  • City of Cockburn
  • City of Wanneroo
  • Town of Bassendean
  • Town of Mosman Park
  • Shire of Capel

This Program is funded by the Waste Authority through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.
For more information on the Bin Tagging program, contact Rebecca Brown, Manager, Waste and Recycling on 9213 2063
Recyclability Label workshop
Planet Ark has developed a voluntary label which identifies if an item of packaging is widely recycled through the Local Government kerbside system.
The Australian Recycling Label (ARL) is supported by the Packaging Recyclability Evaluation Portal (PREP), an online application developed by GreenChip and Planet Ark, which allows manufacturers and retailers to review their packaging and determine if it is recyclable through the Local Government kerbside system.
WALGA are working with GreenChip to host a workshop on the PREP and ARL. The workshop will outline how these resources work and discuss their applicability in a WA context. The workshop will be held 2:00pm 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.
Pink, blue, now you pick the hue
Rebecca Brown, Manager of Waste and Recycling at WALGA is taking part in the Leukaemia Foundation’s World’s Greatest Shave.
For over ten years, Rebecca’s hair has been a variety of pink, orange and blue. As part of fundraising for the World’s Greatest Shave, she’ll be dyeing it again.

If you donate to her Shave Page, you get to pick the colour – maybe recycle bin green and yellow?
To sponsor Rebecca, visit her Shave Page and then fill in the short survey to nominate a colour.
Better Practice Guide Reuse Shops
WALGA is working on a Better Practice Guide for the development and operation of Reuse shops (tip shops).
We are collecting information from Local Government on current reuse shop operations and practices. We are also seeking to establish what additional support Local Governments need in running these operations. This includes reuse shops run at landfills, transfer stations and Local Government drop off days.
Please take part in this short survey on Local Government reuse shop practices. The survey should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and closes COB Tuesday, 1 March.
Problematic materials
Thank you to all Local Governments who completed the Problematic Material Survey – your top five problematic materials were tyres, asbestos, white goods/scrap metal, mattresses and household hazardous waste.
WALGA has developed a Problematic Materials Report from a survey of Local Governments to identify which materials were problematic to manage, why they were problematic and areas where action was needed.

For the top five problematic materials, the main reasons they were problematic were illegal dumping and environmental impact.

The Report identifies a number of actions to respond to these problematic materials, which are detailed in the recommendations. Some of these actions require immediate response, such as the issues with scrap metal recycling. Other issues are ongoing and will require long term commitment to developing solutions, for example asbestos management.
To access the Problematic Materials Report, visit the WasteNet website.
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).
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 Scheme, including application forms and guidelines, are available on the Waste Authority website.

Applications close 5:00pm Friday 11 March 2016.
For more information, contact Waste Authority Grants Officer, Bianca King on 6467 5318.
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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West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
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