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13 January 2017
Issue 23

In this issue...

LG Focus: Denmark Plastic Recycling Program Partnership
The Shire of Denmark and Supa IGA Denmark supermarket have partnered to expand a plastic bag and soft plastics recycling program in Denmark.
Additional community collection bins will now be located at the Supa IGA Denmark supermarket, adding to collection bins already located at two Shire buildings. Supa IGA will also be transporting the plastics to Perth for recycling on behalf of the Shire.
The Shire first commenced the initiative in July this year in order to address a gap in recycling of soft plastics and plastic bags in Denmark. Approximately 130 kilograms of plastic bags and soft plastic packaging have already been collected. With the new Supa IGA partnership, this amount is set to increase.
For more information, email the Shire of Denmark Sustainability Officer or visit the Shire’s website.
Officers Advisory Group – Non-Metro Nominations
Nominations are now open for three non-metropolitan Local Government Officers to be part of the Officers Advisory Group (OAG).

The OAG is a forum for discussion of key waste management issues, providing input into waste management positions for the sector and networking with other Local Government Officers.

The OAG also provides this information and advice to the Municipal Waste Advisory Council, WALGA’s delegated Committee for waste management.

If you would like to attend an OAG meeting, or have any questions, before putting in your nomination, please contact Rebecca Brown on 9213 2063. 
Nomination forms are available from the WALGA Website and close COB Monday, 6 February. Please email your completed form to
Paint Splash
Paintback finished off the year with three busy Temporary Collection Days (TCD) and are revving up at permanent collection sites.
WALGA assisted Paintback with organising three TCDs for commercial painters and community members, in order to reduce any stockpiles of paint and reduce the burden on permanent collection sites when they begin collecting. The first TCD at City of Stirling collected nearly 10,000kg of paint. The TCD at City of Wanneroo collected a whopping 15,500kg and City of Rockingham collected just over 11,000kg.  Thanks again to all the Local Governments who hosted and promoted the TCDS.
The permanent sites at Balcatta Recycling Centre, Red Hill, Rockingham Landfill and Cleanaway in Welshpool are now collecting paint from both commercial painters and community members. For more information, visit the Paintback website.
DER Prosecution Streamlined
The Department of Environment Regulation has developed a new online reporting form to assess all requests to initiate a prosecution in line with the DER Enforcement and Prosecution Policy.
This will streamline the process of obtaining consent from DER to initiate a prosecution for excess noise and discharge of waste offences, as required by Section 114(3) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
The form can be accessed via the DER website.
Regulatory Rollout Brakes
The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) has updated the delivery schedule for a number of regulatory reform documents.
Key regulatory guidance statements, such as the Environmental Standard: Rural Landfills, are due for release for public consultation in April 2017.
For the full delivery schedule of documents visit the DER website.
Health Check
Amendments to the Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992 are due to commence on Tuesday 24 January 2017.
The Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992 will be amended to increase the penalties for offences under the Regulations and enable Local Governments to issue infringement notices for specified offences.
These amendments can only be viewed from Tuesday 24 January on the State Law Publisher website. However, the amendments have been confirmed in the recent Government Gazette.  
The Department of Health indicated during consultation on the Public Health Act 2016 that Local Government had provided feedback that penalties under the Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992 (the Regulations) were inadequate and of particular concern in the context of the management of asbestos, where the costs of complying with the Regulations can greatly exceed the penalty for non-compliance.
The penalties are to be increased to provide that a person who commits an offence against the Regulations is liable, upon conviction, to:
  • a penalty of not more than $10,000, and
  • if the offence is of a continuing nature, to an additional daily penalty of not more than $1,000.
A corporation may be fined up to five times this amount under section 40(5) of the Sentencing Act 1995.
The Department of Health has sent letters to all Local Governments with details of the amendments. Additional resources will be made available on the WA Health website once the amendments have been proclaimed.
Refer to the Updated penalty changes: Health (Asbestos) Regulations 1992 Guidance Note for more information on Infringement notices, the requirements for authorised and approved officers and enforcement of the regulations. For queries in relation to this matter please email the Department of Health.
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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