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5 february 2016
Issue 1

Welcome to WasteNews, WALGA's new fortnightly Waste and Recycling Newsletter!

In this issue...

Farewell MWAC Info Bull
This is the first issue of WasteNews, WALGA’s new waste management and recycling fortnightly newsletter.
WasteNews will provide a broad range of waste management and recycling news, views and updates, and showcase relevant initiatives from Local Governments around WA. WasteNews replaces the recently retired MWAC Information Bulletin.

The MWAC Information Bulletin has been published since 1998, with a total of 228 issues.

Thanks you for being loyal readers of the MWAC Information Bulletin over the past 18 years and thank you for all your continuous feedback and support.
Please continue to send your articles through to  Waste Management Support Officer Ariane Katscherian for inclusion in WasteNews.
LG Spotlight: Morawa Goes Plastic Bag Free
In 2016 Shire of Morawa will become plastic bag free! 
Single used plastic bags started being phased out from 1January when plastic bags became unavailable on Mondays.  On International Plastic Bag Free Day, Sunday, 3 July Morawa will go completely plastic bag free.

Morawa has always had a very proactive and positive community.  As a tourism destination with a beautiful natural landscape it is important to protect the natural environment.  With this plastic bag ban, the Shire aims to make a lasting change to reduce litter, reduce its carbon footprint and change behaviours.
For more information, contact Shire of Morawa Community Development Officer Jo Draper on 9971 1651.
LG Spotlight: Swan Charity Partnership
The City of Swan is working with charities to collect clothes from the community at Drop Off Days.
The City hosts Recyclable Goods Drop Off days throughout the year for City of Swan residents. The City is working with the Salvation Army, Good Samaritans, St Vincent De Paul, Anglicare and the Spine and Limb Foundation to collect items to be reused, including clothes, textiles and electronics.

430 people attended the most recent Drop Off Day on Saturday, 30 January. The Salvation Army were in attendance and collected 300kg of clothes as well as usable electrical goods and other brick-a-brack.
For more information, visit the City of Swan website.
Waste Strategy Audit
The Office of the Auditor General (OAG) is undertaking an audit of the WA Waste Strategy.
The objective of the audit is to determine whether waste is effectively managed in Western Australia by increasing resource recovery and reducing the State’s reliance on landfill. The audit will focus on the following lines of inquiry:
  1. Are sustainable waste practices in place to increase resource recovery and reduce waste to landfill?
  2. Are waste minimisation strategies monitored and assessed at the state, regional and local level, and are they working?
  3. Are Waste Authority grants distributed to projects and programs that increase resource recovery and reduce waste to landfill?
For more information on the Waste Audit please visit the OAG website. Submissions can be made here.

You can also contact the audit team directly - Principal Performance Analyst Jacqui Richards or  Senior Performance Analyst Adam Dias.
WALGA will be developing a formal response to the Audit.
C-Wise Open Day
WALGA Preferred Supplier, composter C-Wise are hosting a half day workshop on Wednesday 23 March.
Topics for the day include improving water efficiency, increasing survival rate of tress, nematodes, and how to close the green waste loop.
For more information and to register your place, contact Andrew Corrigan at C-Wise by Friday, 26 February.
NSW CDS: Open for Comments
The NSW EPA has released a Discussion Paper for comment on the proposed NSW Container Deposit Scheme.
The NSW Government has announced that a container deposit scheme will be implemented in NSW by 1 July 2017. The Discussion Paper includes a summary of the key design elements of a container deposit scheme, as well as two possible options for the design of the scheme.
The discussion paper will be open for consultation until Friday 26 February. For more information, visit the EPA website.
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
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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