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WALGA’s Waste Management Newsletter
Issue 18 September 2021

Electric Dreams

The Federal Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment will soon be commencing consultation on the expansion and improvement of the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme.

WALGA are hosting a session for Local Government and industry to provide input into the Scheme. 

When: 10:00am on Thursday, 7 October
Where: Online or in person (places limited) at WALGA, ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville.

Register here by 5:00pm on Monday, 4 October.

For more information, email Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Recycling or call on (08) 9213 2063.
Image credit: Adobe Stock.

That’s a Wrap!

Thank you to all who attended the 2021 Waste & Recycle Conference!

From tackling zombies to food waste, this year’s Conference was a tremendous success. Special thanks to our platinum sponsor the Waste Authority, all our sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and fantastic delegates!
Image credit: WALGA.

What are your 1-minute wins?

WasteNews is looking to share your good news stories with readers so that others can help to celebrate your wins and be inspired.

Here’s an example of what we’re looking for:
WALGA win - We’re moving up the Waste Hierarchy
Working with Kleenheat and Cleanaway, we’ve established a Product Stewardship (PS) Program for gas bottles collected through the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program. Kleenheat collect the gas bottles from Cleanaway and the bottles are tested to see if they can be reused (before this PS Program the bottles were recycled). In 2020/21 Kleenheat collected 4,921 gas bottles and 93% of these were put back onto the market as gas bottles. This also saved the HHW Program over $11,000. 

Please email the WALGA Waste Team with an outline of your win (in 100 words or less), photos (if possible), as well as your name, job title and organisation to include in the article.

Waste Market Place

Inspired by the City of Melville, WasteNews will dedicate a section for Local Government who have pre-loved infrastructure or equipment they would like to rehome. 

What to send us:
  • Details of the item/s and photos
  • Name and job title of a contact person to include in the article.
Just email the WALGA Waste Team and we’ll include it in the next issue of WasteNews.

Consistent Communications
Collective Communiqué

The Consistent Communications Collective is a Working Group of the Municipal Waste Advisory Council, WALGA’s delegated Committee responsible for waste management. The key objective of the Collective is to ensure that all those communicating with the community on waste management related matters are providing a consistent message. 

At the Wednesday, 25 August meeting the Group discussed and agreed:
  • On an update for the A-Z List, hosted by Recycle Right, which will promote reuse for items in good condition, otherwise disposal via a suitable avenue. The wording will be consistently used across all material types.
  • To add in a ‘check locally for recycling options’ line and link to Find My Nearest.
  • Include Containers for Change as an alternative recycling option in the various container categories.
  • Tetra Pak will be further defined.
  • Glass thermometers with mercury are classed as Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) and must not be disposed of in kerbside bins or the Bulk Waste Service. Unwanted or damaged glass thermometers with mercury can be disposed of free of charge at your nearest HHW Drop-off Centre.
Other outcomes from the meeting:
  • The Collective supported the approach outlined in the WA Plan for Plastics, which will lead to reduced confusion in relation to recycling or compostability of different packaging material.
  • The Group was briefed by WARRRL on the new marketing campaign for Containers for Change. The campaign can be viewed here.
To find out more about the Collective, email Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Recycling or call on (08) 9213 2063.
Image credit: Adobe Stock.

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 our next newsletter.
Submit your content to the WALGA Waste Team

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