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13 May 2016
Issue 8

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

Less is More
Big changes are coming to the Waste & Recycle Conference 2016. If you want to get involved, speaker opportunities are now available.

If you are interested in speaking at the event please complete and return the attached application by COB Friday 27 May.
For more information, visit the Waste & Recycle Conference Website
LG Spotlight: Collie Hits 2020 Target
The new kerbside organics bin service in the Shire of Collie has had a great start, collecting 94.8 tonnes in the first month.
Supported by the Waste Authority with a ‘Better Bins Program’ grant, the organics bin service has dramatically improved the Shire’s recovery rate through the kerbside system.  The rate has an increase from an average of 19% to 52%. This means the State set target of 50% diversion from landfill by 2020 is already being met! In addition contamination levels for the organics bin are low and on par with Local Governments in the region with a similar service.

The organic waste collected from the service is sent to the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council processing facility where it is turned into compost. The compost undergoes testing to ensure it meets Australian Standard AS4454-2012. It is then sold commercially to fund the ongoing operation of the facility and ensure it is sustainable.
Contact the Regional Waste Education Officers on 9792 7350 for more information about the roll out of the service.
Container Deposit Win
The NSW Government has just announced that it will roll out a container deposit scheme (CDS) from July 2017.
NSW Premier Mike Baird made the announcement in a joint press conference with the NSW Environment Minister, the founder of Clean Up Australia, and a spokesperson from Coca-Cola Amatil.

Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the announcement had come from "years and years" of stakeholder participation. Mr Speakman thanked community activists who had "fought long and hard" for introduction of CDS.

The NSW CDS will provide a 10c refund to anyone who returns an eligible, empty container to an approved collection depot or reverse vending machine. 

Local Government will benefit from the scheme, as all eligible containers collected via the kerbside bin will be able to be redeemed.  Local Government will also benefit from the anticipated litter reduction outcomes.
For more information on the NSW container deposit scheme, visit the NSW EPA website.
HHW TCD Tonnage
City of Swan and City of Joondalup recently held very successful household hazardous waste temporary collection days (TCD).
The City of Swan TCD was attended by over 300 cars and collected 13.3 tonnes of HHW.

The City of Joondalup TCD was attended by over 480 cars and collected 21.5 tonnes of HHW. 

At both events paint (water and solvent based) made up the majority of material dropped off.

The next HHW TCD will be held at City of Melville Operations Centre, 13 Bramanti Rd, Murdoch, on Saturday 14 May from 9:00am – 1:00pm.
For more information, see the attached event brochure or visit the City of Melville website.
Paintback Launches
The paint product stewardship scheme Paintback has launched.
Commercial and household paint, up to 100L at a time, can be dropped off at Cleanaway Welshpool WA, 88-92 Radium Street, Welshpool, and open Monday to Friday 9:00am -2:00pm. No other HHW collection sites are currently accepting commercial paint.
For more information, visit the Paintback website.
Mega reuse at the MEGABARN
The Good Samaritan Industries have opened a MEGABARN in Canning Vale.
There are thousands of kilos of recycled stock for sale. Clothing is only $6 per kilo! For sale are Clothing, Bric-a-Brac and Furniture.
Visit the MEGABARN at 33-35 Bannister Road, Canning Vale, and open Monday to Saturday from 10:00am -4:00pm
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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