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18 March 2016
Issue 4

Save the date: Waste & Recycle 2016, Thursday 15 and Friday 16 September. More information coming soon!

In this issue...

LG Spotlight: Reuse Heroes in Goomalling
The Shire of Goomalling community is working hard to divert reusable materials from landfill.
Shire of Goomalling’s Op-Shop is a community based organisation run by volunteers and relying on donations of goods. The Op-Shop is open for residents to buy or donate goods Thursday to Saturday.

The Shire also has a dedicated Tip Shop located at the Goomalling landfill, designed to reduce materials going to landfill. The Tip Shop operates out of the Sea Container at the landfill and is open on Sundays. Check out the active Goomalling Tip Shop Facebook page.
For more information on these amazing initiatives, contact Andrea Hardingham, Community Development Officer on 9269 1101.
Who are you watching?
Do you use CCTV to tackle illegal dumping?
WALGA is seeking case studies from Local Governments who have used CCTV to combat illegal dumping. These case studies will inform a Better Practice Guide on the use of CCTV to reduce illegal dumping.
Please contact Rebecca Brown, Manager, Waste and Recycling on 9213 2063 to provide the case studies.
Recycled C&D incentive
The $10 million Recycled Construction Products Program has just been announced to encourage the use of recycled C&D materials. The Program provides a funding incentive for Local Government to use recycled C&D material in civil construction activities.
Program funding will be offered through two streams. Stream A, a pre-allocated stream for metropolitan Local Governments only, and Stream B, a competitive stream open to private and state government entities, regional councils and Local Governments in the metropolitan area.

WALGA understands that a condition of accessing the funding is that the Recycled C&D supplier needs to comply with the Department of Environment Regulation Material Guideline: Construction Products.   WALGA is investigating which, if any, suppliers of Recycled C&D are currently complying with these Guidelines.
For more information, visit the Waste Authority website.
Vale John Mitchell
It is with great sadness we note the unexpected passing of John Mitchell.  He suffered a heart attack on Sunday.
John was a long time stalwart of the Environmental Health Officers community.  At the time of his passing he was the Executive Manager of Development Services at the Shire of Merredin.

The Environmental Health Officers networks have been flooded with remembrances and tributes to John, noting his unerring ability to tell it like it was, his generosity, as a willing mentor, with his time and experience and great sense of humour and adventure.  Picture of John on the AIBS China Study tour in 2013.

As one of the EHO’s put it “John was a thinker, a gentleman, a friend, a colleague and a genuine nice guy who was proud to be an EHO in Local Government. Local Government is a better place for having John Mitchell and will be at a great loss from his departure.”
Trail Trek
WALGA are hosting a Garage Sale Trail Local Government Information Session.
The information session is an opportunity for Local Governments who have participated in Garage Sale Trail previously to hear what’s new to the 2016 campaign and bring ideas you may have to discuss with other Local Governments. It’s also an opportunity for Local Governments who haven’t been part of the program to hear from Local Governments who have and ask questions.

The information session will take place on Wednesday 23 March. Local Governments are invited to attend in person at WALGA, LV1, 170 Railway Parade, West Leederville, or register for the online webinar.
For more information, read the event flyer here.
Give Giv a Go
Help reduce waste and make every donation to charity count by promoting, an initiative of some of WA's largest charities working together to reduce illegal dumping at charitable donation points.
The Cities of Wanneroo and Canning, and the Town of Cottesloe are supporting with links on their websites to help their local residents to make informed donation decisions.

By working together in directing people to the most appropriate place to make a donation, we reduce the likelihood of well-intentioned donors making inappropriate decisions, leading to littering and unintended dumping on both public and private property. is funded by the State Government of Western Australia.
For more information, visit
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
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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