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8 July 2016
Issue 12

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

In this issue...

How are we doing?
The Municipal Waste Advisory Council (MWAC) aims to advocate for key waste management outcomes, deliver important Programs for Local Government and share information.
To ensure we’re on track we’d like your feedback – whether you’re a Local Government officer, Elected Member, State or Federal Government representative or waste industry stakeholder. 

To provide feedback please complete the relevant survey – it should take about five minutes: .
Thank you for your feedback, the surveys close Friday, 22 July.
LG Focus: Plastic Free this July
Plastic Free July (PFJ) is running for its fifth year and challenging people to refuse single-use plastic for a whole month.
PFJ is an initiative of Western Metropolitan Regional Council (WMRC), developed by Earth Carers. By 2050 it’s estimated there will be more plastic than fish in the world's oceans. Refuse single-use plastic and together let’s keep our oceans clean. Join over 40,000 people, schools and organisations from 90 countries and be part of the solution.

There are loads of opportunities for Local Governments and residents to get involved, including:
  • Host a plastic free lunch;
  • Run a nude food workshop;
  • Host a movie screening on plastic waste, and
  • Conduct a street bin audit for plastic waste.
To register for the PFJ challenge and access the Local Government Promotion Toolbox, visit the Plastic Free July website.
Requirements for Reporting?
The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) is developing amendments to the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Regulations 2008.
These amendments are to seek annual reporting and record-keeping of waste and recycling data by local governments, waste recyclers and licensees of major regional landfills.

The proposed amendments will require liable entities to report data to the Waste Authority. Liable entities will be required to keep records to enable DER to both ascertain whether the reporting entity has complied with its reporting obligations and, if required, to audit the information reported.

The requirement to report data will not commence until the relevant method has been approved. Further consultation on draft methods will be undertaken with stakeholders prior to implementation of data reporting requirements.

The consultation paper is available here. Consultation closes Friday, 26 August.
For more information, or to contribute to the WALGA submission, email Waste Management Specialist Heather Squire, or call 9213 2069 by COB Monday, 8 August.
Change for Charities
Charitable recyclers can now apply for a rebate to help recover some of the cost of disposing unusable donations that have been dumped at charitable clothing bins.
Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the Charitable Recyclers Rebate program would provide an estimated $300,000 annually to eligible charitable recyclers to meet the cost of the landfill levy.
Guidelines and application forms for the landfill levy rebate are available at the Waste Authority website. Applications will be assessed quarterly, with the first round closing at 5pm on Thursday, 28 July.
Regional Subsidiaries Coming Soon
The ability for Local Governments to form regional subsidiaries is one step closer to being realised following the passage of the Local Government Legislation Amendment Bill 2014 through the Legislative Assembly.
The Bill was read at the Legislative Council on Wednesday, 29 June but will still need to be passed.

The regional subsidiary model will allow two or more Local Governments to establish a subsidiary, governed by a charter, to deliver a service or undertake an activity.

Establishment of regional subsidiaries will be guided by regulations and WALGA will continue to advocate to the Minister for Local Government for thorough consultation and engagement in relation to the content of the regulations.

The Bill also provides for the Standards Panel to refuse to deal with complaints that it considers to be vexatious or without substance and for complainants to withdraw minor complaints.
For more information, email Executive Manager - Governance and Organisational Services, Tony Brown or call 9213 2051.
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.

To subscribe to WasteNews, email
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
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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