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MWAC Information Bulletin

3 April 2015

Issue 209

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

E-waste Funding Approved
The Waste Authority has approved funding to Local Governments that manage permanent e-waste collection sites under the National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS).
Following the withdrawal of services by DHL and ANZRP in 2014, the WA Local Government Association investigated the scope and extent of the difficulties experienced by Local Governments in WA. The majority of Local Governments had no budget allocation for recycling TVs and Computers in the current Financial Year, as there were contractual relationships in place that guaranteed the costs of recycling would be covered.

The Waste Authority has approved up to $400,000 for the WA Transitional E-waste Program – Phase 2 (WATEP II), which it intends to run until 30 June 2016, budget permitting. WATEP II is designed to complement, not replace, the NTCRS, which is currently being review.
The WATEP II guidelines will soon be available on the Waste Authority website and eligible Local Governments have been contacted.
Have you got something to say?
The Waste & Recycle Conference is your opportunity to share your expertise and experience with the waste industry, Local, State and Federal Government, education institutions and interested members of the community.
If you are interested in presenting at the 2015 Waste & Recycle Conference, please submit an abstract by Friday, 17 April 2015.
For more information, visit the Waste and Recycle Conference Website and download the Call for Papers Brochure.
CCTV Overhaul
A new draft closed circuit television (CCTV) strategy has been released by the State Government for public comment.
CCTV is widely used as a crime prevention and detection mechanism by Local Government, State Government and the private sector. Police Minister the Hon. Liza Harvey MLA said there is still considerable scope for it to be more effective for all, without impinging upon privacy.

“CCTV makes a significant contribution in terms of both preventing and solving crime. However, factors such as poor quality, incorrect formatting or lack of accessibility have hampered police efforts to use it effectively,” she said.

“The aim of the strategy is to deliver a more robust and useful CCTV network in this State that enhances community safety and security.

“The strategy outlines the areas where we need to concentrate our efforts in the coming years, including redesigning the State CCTV Register, running a feasibility study, piloting the connected CCTV solution and establishing an infrastructure fund.”
Read the draft Western Australian State CCTV Strategy. Comments from the public are invited and can be emailed to CCTV Feedback by COB Friday 26 June.
Waste recycling businesses to reduce poverty
The University of Western Australia has been awarded a $1.03 million grant to help develop community-based waste recycling businesses in Sri Lanka.
The grant was awarded under the Government Partnerships for Development (GPFD) program run by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).
The project's director, Professor Caroline Baillie, said UWA would use the funds to partner with universities in Sri Lanka to develop capacity-building educational programs, which will serve the needs of students and local community groups that are organised around waste recycling.

As part of the three-year project, UWA will partner with three universities in Sri Lanka - the University of Moratuwa, the University of Jaffna and the University of Sri Jayewardenepura - and several local community groups.

"Solid waste is a serious social, environmental, health and political concern in urban areas of Sri Lanka," Professor Baillie said.

"The idea behind the project is to look at ways of recycling waste to address these issues whilst co-creating opportunities for local communities to develop economic autonomy."

One of the project's key aims will be create a low-cost waste plastic composite processing and resource facility at the University of Moratuwa and a satellite facility at the University of Jaffna.
For more information, visit the University of WA website.
Adelaide recycling centre switches to barcodes
A new recycling facility is applying automated technology to scan barcodes of recyclable containers.
The centre at Pooraka in Adelaide will be run by the Scouts Association, which manages a total of 10 recycling centres in South Australia, processing up to 15 per cent of the state’s recycling volume.

According to Environment Minister Ian Hunter, the Scouts’ recycling efforts generated annual revenue of about $24 million and employed about 100 people. The Scouts movement has been fundraising through recycling for 35 years and handles not only drink containers, but also scrap metal and newspapers.

South Australia passed container deposit laws in 1978 for soft drink bottles and cans.
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.
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