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27 January 2017
Issue 24

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LG Focus: AMR Shire KeepCup Library
Thanks to a very generous donation of reusable coffee cups from the Waste Authority, the Shire of Augusta Margaret River has started a KeepCup library so staff can enjoy their daily brew without the waste.
The KeepCups are located near the staff exit door so that everyone is reminded to grab a cup on their way out to get their coffee, once they are finished they just wash out their cup and return it to the library so someone else can use it.
There were some serial offenders who were getting a takeaway cup daily because they would forget to bring their cup or pre order their coffees for collection, now they have no excuse because there is always a cup easily accessible to them.
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
Update: DER Separation Distances
DER has advised the Association that the draft Guidance Statement: Separation Distances has been withdrawn.
The Statement has been withdrawn to avoid stakeholder confusion or misunderstanding on its purpose or use. The consideration of distances from sensitive receptors will still be used by DER to inform assessments and decision making, with assessment on a case-by-case basis.
It is not yet clear what approach the EPA will take in finalising its approach to separation distances.
Consultation on the draft DER Guidance Statement: Separation Distances occurred 21 August 2015 – 18 November 2015. This document generated much debate within Local Government, from both a facility management and planning perspective.
More information is available from the DER website. For further information, please email Waste Management Specialist Heather Squire or call 9213 2069.
ACCC Rule out SA Collective Approach
The ACCC has decided not to authorise Council Solutions, Adelaide City Council and the Cities of Charles Sturt, Marion, Tea Tree Gully and Port Adelaide Enfield to jointly procure waste collection services, receipt and processing of recyclables, receipt and processing of organics and waste disposal services.
The ACCC has indicated that unlike previous authorisations this application faced significant opposition from interested parties. The key difference between this proposal and previous is that the proposal was for four services (kerbside – waste, recycling and organics, parks and gardens, Multi-Residential Dwellings and vergeside collections) across the five participating Local Governments. 

After considering feedback from a number of submissions, the ACCC has ruled that it considers the proposal was likely to result in some public detriment by lessening of competition through:
  • deterring or preventing some potential suppliers from tendering, or from submitting competitive bids
  • reducing competition for the supply of waste services to participating councils in the longer term
  • reducing competition for the supply of waste services to non-participating councils
To read the full ruling, visit the ACCC website.
If you have any questions about the procurement of waste services in WA, please email Procurement and Category Manager, Business Solutions Dale Chapman or call 9213 2095.
Johor, Malaysia to Ban Plastic and Polystyrene Food Packaging
Johor State executive councillor for health and environment, Datuk Ayub Rahmat recently announced a ban on the use of plastic and polystyrene food packaging will take effect from January 2018.
Between January and June 2017 the state government will conduct an awareness campaign and study on biodegradable and compostable containers, including alternatives to plastic and associated costs. After June, supermarkets and hypermarkets would be encouraged to start using alternatives, including paper bags or any other biodegradable bags.
To read the full article click here.
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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