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MWAC Information Bulletin
4 September 2015
Issue 219

In this issue...

W&R Conference Wrap Up
The Waste & Recycle Conference runs from Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 September and is held at The Esplanade Hotel, Fremantle.
A massive thank you to the sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and attendees of the Waste & Recycle Conference 2015.
Over 250 attendees gathered to discuss some of the key issues in waste management.  Keynote Speakers Anna Minns and Veena Sahajwalla shared their expertise on how to provide incentives to recover, recycle and process the unrecyclable.  Torben Kristiansen brought a wealth of experience in developing integrated waste management systems, his message was simple – get organised!
Thank you to the Waste Authority, the Conference Platinum Sponsor whose continued support makes the Conference.  The Conference also welcomed WALGA Business Solutions as the Seafood and Sunset Cocktail Function Sponsor and Martin Biopower Keynote Speaker Sponsor.
If you have any ideas for Waste & Recycle 2016, please email Rebecca Brown or phone 9213 2063.
10m Funding Announcement for Recycled C&D Waste
Minister for Environment the Hon Albert Jacob has announced $10million in funding for an incentive scheme to increase metropolitan Councils’ use of recycled construction and demolition (C&D) materials in civil engineering projects.
The funding, to be provided over three years, will be split into two separate categories: the first a pre-allocated, non-competitive financial incentive payment for each metropolitan Local Government which uses recycled C&D materials in its own operations; and the second a competitive funding process for use of recycled C&D products for projects delivered by private sector, metropolitan Local Governments and State Government entities.

Effectively diverting Construction and Demolition waste away from landfill is of clear benefit to Local Governments as landfill operators. WALGA has been advocating for ways in which to achieve greater diversion levels of C&D waste as it comprises 50% of the amount of current waste to landfill in the metropolitan area.

WALGA will seek clarification on the process for allocation of funding through each of these streams and offer assistance in funding distribution if required.  In addition, WALGA has ensured appropriate accreditation from all providers on the recycled road base preferred supplier panel and will promote their use in this process.
For more information please email Manager, Waste and Recycling Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
Rural Landfill Working Group Members Appointed
Members of the Rural Landfill Working Group have now been appointed. This Working Group will aim to facilitate a consultative approach in the development and implementation of the Department of Environment Regulation’s (DER)Environmental Standard for Rural Landfills.
From preliminary discussions with the DER, three Standards will be developed that cover the three main climatic areas in Western Australia where smaller landfill sites (servicing populations of 5,000 or less) are located. These areas are the South West, Mid West / Wheatbelt, and Northern WA. Engagement with Local Government will commence shortly through a series of workshops across the state and presentations at WALGA Zone meetings. Local Government feedback through this process will be critical in the development of this Environmental Standard.
The members of the Rural Landfill Working Group are:  
South West
Gregg Harwood – Shire of Denmark
John Skinner – Shire of Gnowangerup
Klaus Mueller – Shire of Manjimup/Warren Blackwood Region 
Mid West/Wheatbelt
Glenn Bangay – Shire’s of Northampton, Shark Bay & Chapman Valley
Peter Webster – Shire of Wagin
Cr Michael Aspinall – Shire of Gingin
Northern WA
Rob Manning – Shire of Exmouth 
Taryn Dyer – Shire of Derby/West Kimberley
Waste Management Association of Australia
Ian Watkins – WMAA WA Landfill Working Group Chair
For more information please email Manager, Waste and Recycling Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
WA Transitional E-Waste Funding Program
The guidelines for the WA Transitional E-Waste Program II have now been published.
This Program will provide funding to Local Governments that manage permanent e-waste collection sites under the National TV & Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS), to support the cost of e-waste recycling not funded through the NTCRS. The Waste Authority has approved up to $400,000 for this Program.
The Guidelines are available at the Waste Authority website.
For further information please email Policy Offer, Department of Environment Regulation Jonathan Utting or call (08) 6467 5303. 
Separation Anxiety
The Department of Environment Regulation has released a draft Guidance Statement: Separation Distances, for consultation.
This document applies to the risk assessment of the Department’s works approvals, licensing and compliance functions for prescribed premises under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. Examples of prescribed premises operated by Local Government include:
  • Landfills
  • Sewage facilities
  • Compost manufacturing and soil blending facilities
  • Livestock saleyards or holding pens
  • Used tyre storage facilities
The draft Guidance Statement is available at
The consultation period closes on Sunday, 18 October.
To contribute to the WALGA Submission, please email Waste Management Policy Coordinator Heather Squire on 9213 2069 by COB Monday, 5 October.
Congratulations Albany
Albany has been awarded the 2015 Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities winner for WA for its success in staging the Anzac Centenary events and its improvements in waste management.
The categories winners were:
  • Water Conservation and Energy Innovation - Kalgoorlie-Boulder
  • Natural Environment Conservation - Greenbushes
  • Young Legends - Toodyay
  • Waste Management and Litter Prevention - Karratha
  • Community Action and Partnerships - Wongan Hills
  • General Appearance - Esperance
  • Heritage and Culture - Albany.
The Minister’s media release is available to read here.
For more information visit
National Plan on Asbestos Safety and Eradication Launched
The first ever endorsed National Plan on Asbestos Safety and Eradication has been launched following a meeting of State and Territory Ministers on 28 August.
The National Strategic Plan for Asbestos Management and Awareness unites all jurisdictions in Australia to work together to develop practical, long-term solutions. The strategy will focus on preventing exposure to airborne asbestos fibres with the aim of eliminating asbestos-related disease in Australia.
The plan contains six main strategies:
  • increasing the public’s awareness of the health risks of asbestos
  • supporting and promoting research
  • improving information about the identification and location of asbestos
  • developing best practice in all aspects of asbestos management
  • identifying priority areas to improve the safe removal of asbestos, and
  • working to stop asbestos imports to Australia and campaigning to achieve a worldwide ban on asbestos mining and manufacturing.
The plan is available at the Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency website.
Product Stewardship News: Newspapers
The Australian Government has announced an extension of the product stewardship scheme for newspaper and magazines.
The National Environmental Sustainability Agreement for Newspapers and Magazines will be extended to 2020. The agreement is one of Australia's most successful product stewardship recycling schemes.
The Environmental Advisory Group of the Newspaper Group is responsible for the implementation and administration of the agreement. The agreement has achieved a consistent recycling rate of 78% for newsprint in Australia since 2009, an increase from only 28% in 1990. This is an outstanding result and a testament to the industry's environmental commitment.
 For more information, visit
Product Stewardship News: Paint
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) have released a draft determination on authorising a 15-cent per litre levy to support a National Paint Product Stewardship Scheme for domestic and trade consumers across Australia.
Under the draft determination, the Australian Paint Manufacturers' Federation (APMF), which represents paint manufacturers responsible for more than 90% (by volume) of paint sold in Australia, Paint Stewardship Limited and certain paint manufacturers will be authorised to introduce the levy.

The Paint Stewardship Scheme will aim to provide collection points for waste architectural and decorative paint within a reasonable distance of 85% of Australia’s population.
The ACCC proposes to grant authorisation until June 1, 2021 and will seek submissions from interested parties before making a final decision.

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:
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