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MWAC Information Bulletin
18 July 2014
WALGA
Issue 192

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Events: Submissions:

Start Your Engines
Online registration for the Waste & Recycle Conference 2014 is now open!
This year’s Conference theme is Changing the Drivers, the event runs from 23-26 September at the Esplanade Hotel in Fremantle.

Early bird registration rates are available until Thursday, 31 July. Register online for the Conference, Pre Conference tours and workshops here.
For more information about the Conference, visit the Waste and Recyle website.
 
The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) has developed a Draft Guidance Statement to outline how it will regulate the use of waste derived materials.
DER is proposing to develop a series of material guidelines for the production and use of different waste derived materials that are based on a set of end-of-waste criteria.

This approach is likely to have an impact on a variety of Local Government activities. The Draft Guidance Statement is available at the Department of Environment Regulation website. DER is requesting feedback on this document by COB Friday, 29 August.
If you would like to contribute to the WALGA submission on this document, please email Heather Squire, Waste Management Policy Coordinator or call 9213 2069 by COB Monday, 4 August.
Carbon Tax Repeal Update
The Senate passed legislation to repeal the Carbon Tax on Wednesday, 17 July.
The legislation includes such provisions, requiring electricity, natural gas and synthetic greenhouse gas sellers (used for example as refrigerants) to pass to customers their savings due to the repeal or face heavy fines. In addition the ACCC will closely scrutinise business practices following the repeal.

The repeal has retrospective effect so 2013/14 is the final year of carbon tax liability and no liability applies for 2014/15 or onwards. Reporting and surrender obligations in respect of 2013/14 will continue to apply. Any Local Government that has received or passed through Carbon Tax related costs since 1 July 2014 should consider their position. The National Greenhouse and Energy Reporting System (NGERS) will continue to operate for 2014/15 onwards, but only apply to ‘constitutional corporations’ for which local and regional governments should carefully consider their own position.

The Government will continue to seek to implement its Direct Action policy, despite appearing to not have sufficient support to pass the Senate. The Renewable Energy Target, Clean Energy Finance Corporation and Australian Renewable Energy Agency appear set to continue operating, with PUP’s support.

Credit: Michael Voros, Herbert Smith Freehills
For further information email Michael Voros, Environment and Planning Special Counsel, Herbert Smith Freehills law firm or call 08 9211 7519.
Mattress Movement
Many thanks to Garbologie for hosting the WMAA Young Professionals tour of its recycling facility and tip shop.
Stay tuned for the next WMAA Young Professionals event.
For more information on this new facility, visit the Garbologie website.
Rising from the Ashes
There’s still time to respond to the Phoenix Energy Australia Public Environmental Review, which examines the potential environmental effects associated with the development of the proposed Kwinana Waste to Energy (WtE) Project.
Located in the heart of the Kwinana Industrial Area, the Kwinana WtE Facility will be designed to process up to 400,000t per year of residual (post recycling) Municipal Solid Waste, exporting an estimated 32MW of base load electricity to the grid.
Submissions close Monday, 21 July. To access the Review, visit the Phoenix Energy website.
Nests of Trash
Photographer Gregg Segal is producing an ongoing series showing friends, neighbours and acquaintances lying in the trash they accumulated in one week.
Entitled “7 Days of Garbage”, the series is a confronting display of the excess in our lives. The amount of garbage varies from person to person, although there were some people who produced more garbage than they were willing to bring to the shoot.
See the photos and read more about the series at Slate.
WHAT IS MWAC?
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:
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Email: info@walga.asn.au
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