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MWAC Information Bulletin

17 April 2015

Issue 210

In this issue...
Events: Submissions:
  • Friday 17 April - Abstract Submission (Waste & Recycle Conference)
  • Friday 1 May – Preliminary release of program of accepted Speakers (Waste & Recycle Conference)
  • Friday 1 May - Early Bird Registrations open (Waste & Recycle Conference

Officer Opportunity
The Municipal Waste Advisory Council is calling for nominations for 1 metropolitan Officers Advisory Group Member.
Nominations are sought for a metropolitan Local Government Officer to be on the Officers Advisory Group of the Municipal Waste Advisory Council (MWAC). 

MWAC is a delegated Committee of the WA Local Government Association with responsibility for waste management.

Nominations close on Monday 11 May and should be emailed to
Access the nomination form here.
For more information, contact Manager, Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown on 9213 2063.
Submissions to the operational review of the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme have been published online in full.
A total of 85 submissions were received from State and Local governments, television and computer companies, the recycling industry, co-regulatory arrangements, and members of the public. The submissions will be used to inform the outcomes of the operational review.
For more information and to read the submissions, visit the Department of the Environment website.
Conservation Council WA (CCWA) have created Eco-Action month during May to promote environmental issues and community.
During Eco-Action month, people and community groups all over WA will be hosting eco-themed activities to have fun, enjoy nature, build awareness and raise funds for environmental issues. CCWA have provided a variety of guidelines online to help put together community events, including clean up days.
For more information and to register your event, visit the Conservation Council WA website.
The Victorian State Government has made a pledge to ban e-waste from landfill.
Environment parliamentary secretary Anthony Carbines said that due to rapid advances in technologies and shorter life space of products, Victoria’s electronic waste is rising. In order to manage this growing waste stream, the State Government will impose a ban in order to encourage recycling and recovering as well as support jobs in the recycling industry.

Victoria's push to ban e-waste from landfill comes as the federal government conducts a review of the National Television and Recycling Scheme, which requires industry to fund a growing proportion of disposed e-waste.

The Andrews' Government's submission to the review urges the Commonwealth to adopt more ambitious targets, in the hope fast-tracking the 80 per cent goal. Environment Victoria spokesman Mark Wakeham agreed that collection needed to be addressed if a blanket ban in Victoria was to work. "If there was a very clear pathway for recycling – for example, if you could take a product back to Harvey Norman, and Harvey Norman was responsible for taking it to the recycler – then more people would," he said.
For more information, read the full article at The Age.
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:
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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