WALGA’s Waste Management Newsletter
Issue 16 August 2021

LG Focus: Talking Trash Toolkit

The City of Wanneroo, in partnership with the Waste Authority, has developed a multilingual educational toolkit designed to teach the importance of correctly sorting household waste.

The WasteSorted Talking My Language Toolkit comprises a set of materials to assist residents from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds to better understand the City’s new 3-Bin Garden Organics system.

Available in 10 languages including Arabic, Amharic, Burmese, Chinese, French, Hindi, Indonesian, Macedonian, Tagalog and Vietnamese, the Toolkit uses colourful flashcards, iconography and annotations to teach residents about the importance of sorting household waste correctly and aids in learning common English words and phrases.

The Toolkit will be officially launched during the City’s upcoming Community Waste Education Expo on Friday, 27 August.

For more information, email the City of Wanneroo Media Team.
Pictured: Emma Syme, City of Wanneroo Waste Education Officer, with Kingsway Christian College teacher Arlette Pedretti and her year nine French class. Students have been trialling the Toolkit during lessons to help them develop their understanding of sustainability and recycling while learning a foreign language at the same time. Image credit: City of Wanneroo.

Waste & Recycle Conference Update

Do you have something that may have seen better days and needs just a little bit of tender loving care?

This year we are thrilled to partner with Repair Cafe Perth. Two of their repairers will be available over morning tea and lunch on Wednesday and Thursday of the Conference to repair some of your much loved items. For a list of items they can repair, please click here.

You can view the conference timings, our keynote speakers and explore the tours on offer here. CASH PRIZES will also be up for grabs so don’t hesitate to register now as Early Bird registrations close on Monday, 23 August.

Get in touch with the organisers at Event & Conference Co. for more details or visit the Waste & Recycle Conference website.
Image credit: WALGA.

Infrastructure Fundamentals

Infrastructure Western Australia have launched the Draft State Infrastructure Strategy: Foundations for a Stronger Tomorrow, with feedback due 15 September.

Waste Management is identified in the Draft Strategy, with a recommendation that includes that the State Government develop a State waste infrastructure plan.

WALGA will be developing a Submission on the Draft Strategy. To provide feedback on waste management matters, email Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Recycling by 5:00pm on Monday 23 August.

For more information, and to view the Draft Strategy, visit the Infrastructure Western Australia website.
Image credit: Infrastructure Western Australia.

Dust Up

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) have released the Draft Guidelines: Dust Emissions for comment, feedback is due 5 November 2021.

The Draft Guidelines are part of the DWER’s technical series of documents aimed at providing guidance on the assessment requirements for proponents under the Environmental Protection Act.

WALGA will be developing a Submission on the Draft Guidelines. To provide input, email Gráinne Whelan, Waste Management Specialist by 5:00pm on Monday 27 September.

To view the Draft Guidelines, visit the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation website.

WasteSorted Grant Program

Organisations can now apply for a share of more than $1.15 million to help reduce waste and increase material recovery.

Grants of up to $250,000 per project are available for infrastructure development and up to $50,000 per project for waste avoidance and resource recovery education programs. Local Governments, Regional Councils, charitable recycling organisations, peak industry bodies, not-for-profit organisations, and research and educational institutions are encouraged to apply.

Applications close at 12:00pm on Monday, 13 September.

For more information, visit the Waste Authority website, send an email to the WasteSorted Grants Team or call on (08) 6364 6945.
Image credit: Waste Authority.

Something’s Looking New-s

The WALGA Waste Team are excited to announce that WasteNews and Wastenet have received a long awaited makeover.

WasteNews and WasteNet are looking better than ever and will continue to be updated over the coming months.

To find out more about the changes, email the WALGA Waste Team.
Image credit: WALGA.

Waste is the Word

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