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MWAC Information Bulletin
24 April 2014
Issue 187

In this issue...

Breakfast on the Verge
WALGA will be holding a working breakfast to seek input into the draft Verge Collection Better Practice Guidelines on Thursday, 1 May.
WALGA recently held a very successful workshop where attendees heard from a range of speakers. Based on the information gathered at the workshop and research of state, national and international practices, the Draft Guidelines have been developed.

The Draft Guidelines will be outlined during the working breakfast and you will have the opportunity to discuss the Draft Guidelines and provide feedback.
The session will be held from 7:00am at WALGA, boardroom, ONE70 Railway Parade, West Leederville. For catering purposes, please register your attendance by COB Monday, 28 April to Ariane Katscherian, Waste Management Support Officer.
For more information about the verge waste collection project, email Rebecca Brown, Manager, Waste & Recycling or call 9213 2063.
Organic Opportunity
WALGA is calling for Expressions of Interest to be part of a trial using Local Government derived, fit for purpose recycled organic material is used on Local Government managed land.
WALGA will work with 3 Local Governments and a range of organic material processors to select the sites and right materials for the trials.  It provides a fantastic opportunity for Local Governments to close the loop and reuse their own materials and test out the quality of different fit for purpose products.

This is part of a Waste Authority funded project to improve the market for material from Local Government sources, such as verge collections, 3 bin systems and alternative waste treatment facilities.

If you are interested in being part of the trial, please complete the EoI form available from the WasteNet Website.
For more information email Heather Squire, Waste Management Policy Coordinator or phone 9213 2069.
WALGA recently hosted an information session on Garage Sale Trail to ensure that Local Governments are well informed about the opportunity the venture represents and the funding available from the Waste Authority.
This year the trail is on Saturday, 25 October. The trail offers Local Governments an opportunity to engage their community in waste avoidance and reuse, which can reduce the amount of waste Councils will have to deal with through their various services.
Participating Local Governments will have access to a Marketing Tool Box that will be co-branded to reflect government partnerships and to engage their community.
The Waste Authority will subsidise up to 50 per cent of Local Government participation cost for 2014 and 2015. Applications for funding open at 9.00am on Wednesday, 30 April and close at 5:00pm Tuesday, 20 May.
To register your interest in participating and for information on application criteria, email Marie Louise Hunt at the Department of Environment Regulation.
Digital Switch
The Department of Environment has recently released the 2012-13 Outcomes Report for the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme.
The Report found that over 40,800 tonnes of e-waste were recycled, of this 811.07 tonnes were collected for recycling in Western Australia. 635 collection services were provided around Australia, with 51 in WA.

131 TV and computer importers and manufacturers were liable and all met their obligation to participate in the scheme

Three approved co-regulatory arrangements were operating in 2012-13, with DHL Supply Chain exceeding its total recycling target by 4,348 tonnes. ANZRP fell short of its total recycling target by 5,239 tonnes and E-cycle Solutions exceeded its recycling target by 377 tonnes.
The Outcomes Report is available from the Department of Environment website.
Careless Cost to Coastlines
CSIRO researchers spent two years surveying Australia’s entire coastline, counting rubbish in sections of sand and sea every 100 kilometres.
More than 175 beaches were surveyed and the dirtiest beach in Australia was found to be Border Village on the coast between Western Australia and South Australia. The study found that remote and hard to reach beaches were among the most messy.
The research identified that the source of the rubbish was mainly local such as from people illegally dumping, irresponsible mariners and careless beachgoers; rather than floating in from polluted oceans abroad.
Researchers are suggesting increased regulation and enforcement, particularly of illegal dumping. The final report is due to be released later this year.
For more information visit CSIRO: Tackling Marine Debris.
Get Green, Join the Army
The Australian Government is seeking applications under round one of the Green Army Programme.
The Programme provides opportunities for young Australians aged 17-24 years to gain training and experience in environmental and heritage conservation fields and explore careers in conservation management, while participating in projects that generate real benefits for the environment.
Project guidelines for new projects under the Green Army Programme, as well as sample application forms and FAQs to help groups plan their projects are now available from the Department of Environment 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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