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MWAC Information Bulletin
6 June 2014
Issue 190

In this issue...

Events: Submissions:
  • Friday, 27 June - Regional Funding Program
  • Monday, 7 April - Friday, 29 June - KABWA Star Awards
  • Friday, 4 July - IPART Reform Licencing in NSW Report
  • Sunday, 13 July - Infinity Awards

How are you going Plastic Free this July?
It’s not too early to start making changing to your shopping habits and planning how you will live plastic free this July.
Plastic Free July is an annual campaign to reduce our consumption of single-use plastics. Started in Cottesloe by the WMRC Earth Carers in 2011, the challenge has spread to over 4,000 people around the world. Visit the Plastic Free July website to find out more, jon the challenge and get ideas on how to reduce and reuse to live plastic-free.

By remembering your own shopping bags, filling your water bottle and grabbing a reusable cup as you head out the door each day you can be part of this change and make a difference to the environment.

This July, cafes in Perth’s western suburbs are getting on board with the new project “Bring one, get one tree”. Every time someone brings a reusable cup for a takeaway coffee Plastic Free July will donate a native plant to a local group in the western suburbs.
For more information email Rebecca at Western Metropolitan Regional Council, call 9384 4003 or visit
Tip Shop Tour
The next WMAA Young Professionals event will tour the brand new Garbologie recycling facility and tip shop.
If you’re under 40 (or immature), this is a great opportunity to get together for a networking sundowner and hear about the progress of Garbologie.

The tour will be 3:00pm-5:00pm on Thursday, 26 June, meeting at the Garbologie recycling facility, 3 Morse Road, Bibra Lake, then progressing to the Garbologie Tip Shop (Cnr Peel and Stock Road, O’Connor) for shopping, networking, drinks and snacks.

To confirm your attendance, email Rebecca Brown by COB Friday, 20 June. Please include any dietary requirements.
For more information, visit the Garbologie website.
NZ considers mandatory Product Stewardship
New Zealand is considering mandating product stewardship schemes for four waste streams after voluntary arrangements failed to develop or adequately deliver.
The Government has identified electronic and electrical equipment; tyres; agrichemicals and farm plastics; and refrigerants and other synthetic greenhouse gases as priority products.

The Government has released a discussion paper to seek feedback and information on whether any of these waste streams should be declared as priority products under the Waste Minimisation Act 2008 and, if so, when.
For further information and to access the discussion document, visit the Ministry for the Environment website.
Reduce C&D Red Tape
The NSW Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) has released draft reports identifying around $300 million of potential savings for business and the community by reducing red tape.
IPART Chairman Dr Peter Boxall said the potential savings have been identified in the draft reports on IPART’s reviews of Reforming Licensing in NSW and Local Government Compliance and Enforcement.
Among its recommendations is the introduction of enhanced standardisation and consistency into Waste Management Plan (WMP) requirements for the building and construction industry. Currently NSW Local Governments develops construction waste management policies with their own standards and provisions. The IPART report suggests that a policy applied to smaller scale development may be more workable than a state-wide policy for waste management that applied to all scales of development.
It also suggested that the department of planning and infrastructure, in consultation with the EPA and other relevant stakeholders:
  • develop standard waste management requirements for inclusion in the NSW Housing and NSW Industrial and Commercial Codes, which establishes site waste management standards and requirements for exempt and complying development; and
  • remove the need for applicants to submit separate Waste Management Plans to councils for these types of developments.
 In addition, IPART recommended that compliance with the code for the demolition and construction phases of a project be specified within standard development consent conditions and advised councils to undertake their own monitoring and enforcement activity.
IPART is seeking stakeholder feedback on the recommendations in the Draft Report on Reforming Licensing in NSW and any other licences which have potential for reform.

Feedback is also being sought on the draft recommendations for the Local Government Compliance and Enforcement Review, before the final recommendations are presented to the NSW Government for consideration in September.
The Draft Reports, along with further information on IPART’s reviews, are available at IPART’s website. Submissions on the Draft Reports close Friday 4 July . IPART’s Final Reports for both reviews are due to the NSW Government in September. (Source: Ben Global)
Expanded Polystyrene Recycling
The NSW EPA in conjunction with the Australian Packaging Covenant has recently released a guide on how to set up expanded polystyrene recycling.
The Guide, developed with support from Pat Armstrong Consulting, T Issues Consultancy and Mesch Engagement elaborates on four steps that businesses should follow - research, planning, delivery and review.
A number of other resources, including a complete how-to guide, fact sheet on EPS recycling, planning and business case templates and a financial modelling spread sheet are also available to download.
The free guide is available on Educology and also features a directory of EPS recycling goods and services providers.
Carts of Darkness
Carts of Darkness is a 2008 film by Murray Siple, following a group of homeless men who have combined collecting bottles and cans to return for money with the extreme sport of racing shopping carts down the steep hills of North Vancouver.
This subculture depicts street life as much more than the stereotypes portrayed in mainstream media. The film takes a deep look into the lives of the men who race carts, the adversity they face and the appeal of cart racing despite the risk.
The film can be watched in full on Youtube.
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.
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