WALGA’s Waste Management Newsletter
Issue 14 July 2021

LG Focus: Bench to Bin Bay

The City of Perth has been busy repurposing materials from old street benches and litter bins to create a stylish bin bay for Perth City Farm.

When the time came to refurbish the park benches next to the kangaroo sculptures outside Council House, the City Depot Team decided to upcycle the wooden slats. By combining these with a sheet of rescued aluminium and some wheels from an old shopping trolley, they created a sleek new bin bay for Perth City Farm’s Containers for Change collection.

To find out more about this upcycled project, visit the City of Perth website.
Image credit: City of Perth.

LG Focus: Busselton Bustling with E-waste

The clouds parted one brisk winter morning to deliver what was an epically busy E-waste Drop-off Event in the City of Busselton on Saturday, 26 June.

Attended by over 300 vehicles on the day, more than 8 tonnes of e-waste was collected. Thanks to Mark Wong and his team at the City of Busselton whose assistance ensured the event was a success.

WALGA Preferred Supplier WorkPower worked tirelessly at the event to unload the e-waste and material collected was recycled by Total Green Recycling. This event was funded through the New Industries Fund which is managed by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

Eager for more information about E-waste Drop-off Events? Please email Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Recycling, or call on (08) 9213 2063.
Image credit: WALGA.

LG Focus: Diving Deeper into Digital

The City of Canning is acting on its commitment to waste reduction by encouraging residents to download a digital copy of their 2021/22 Waste Guide.

The City has reduced the number of printed copies of its Waste Guide by more than two thirds from 30,000 in previous years to 8,000 for this financial year.

Residents also have the option to pick up a printed copy from several Local Government run facilities including the administration building, libraries and leisure centres.

Don’t be a goose. Check out the City’s new digital Waste Guide here.
Pictured: The City’s new waste management mascot Bindi, an Australian white ibis, will feature on the cover of the Waste Guide as well as waste collection vehicles, bus stops and park benches. Image credit: City of Canning.

Community Sharps Program
Expression of Interest

The Department of Health have commissioned WALGA to implement a Program with the aim of upgrading existing or installing new sharps collection containers in public places.

This Program aims to improve the disposal network for sharps in public places to make it easier to dispose of these items and reduce the risk of inappropriate disposal and the potential for needle stick injuries.

To ensure Local Governments have sufficient information and can raise any issues relating to this Program, WALGA will be holding an online information session.

When: 11:00am to 11.30am on Tuesday, 27 July. Register here.

The Community Sharps Program Expression of Interest and Application Form are available here. Completed forms must be submitted by 5:00pm on Friday, 6 August 2021.
For further details, please email Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Recycling or call on (08) 9213 2063.

Buy Recycled Product Expo

Looking for the perfect opportunity to showcase your products made from recycled materials to potential buyers?

Wait no more as the 2021 Waste & Recycle Conference is offering a limited number of opportunities to be involved at no cost!

With export bans progressively coming into force, the importance of growing strong local markets for products made from recycled materials such as plastics, paper and cardboard, glass, scrap metals, textiles and tyres, is greater now than ever before.

It’s a unique opportunity for you, the one’s already making these products, to showcase what you have to offer to potential customers in government and industry, and better understand what they require to replace products made from virgin materials with recycled.

Don’t miss out on your chance to be part of this important event. Click here to submit your Expression of Interest today. Expressions of interest close on Friday, 23 July 2021.

Make sure to get in touch with the organisers at Event & Conference Co. for more details or visit the 2021 Waste & Recycle Conference website.
Image credit: WALGA.

Plan for Plastics Information Sessions

Register now to provide your feedback on Western Australia's Plan for Plastics.

The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is inviting stakeholders to attend one of its information and feedback sessions on Western Australia's Plan for Plastics stage one implementation. These sessions will provide information on the items proposed to be banned, implementation actions, and timeframes for delivery.

12 workshops will be held in multiple locations in Perth, Peel, regional areas and online throughout July and August 2021. If you would like to attend one of these sessions, register here.

For more information, email the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation’s Plastics Team or call on (08) 6364 7000.
Image credit: Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Local Government COVID-19 Vaccine Information Sessions

You’re invited to participate in a COVID-19 Vaccine webinar held exclusively for Local Government.

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries, with the Department of Health, are holding two information sessions tailored specifically for Local Government officers and elected members in Western Australia. These interactive webinar sessions will provide attendees with information about WA’s COVID-19 vaccination program, Roll up for WA.

As essential workers, Local Government officers working in waste related roles are encouraged to attend as these sessions will also provide details about COVID-19 vaccines, vaccine safety and eligibility, and where to go for more information.  

One of the sessions is suitable for Local Government officers and elected members in metropolitan Perth, and the other in regional WA. Please follow one of the links below to your preferred session.
  • Metropolitan Perth 10:00am to 11:00am on Tuesday, 3 August. Register here.
  • Regional WA 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Tuesday, 3 August. Register here.
If you would like to enquire about these events, email Kate Rowlands from the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries.
Image credit: Government of Western Australia.

Waste Authority

Highlights from the Waste Authority meeting held on Thursday, 1 July.
  • The 2021-22 Waste Strategy Action Plan and 2021-22 Waste Authority Business Plan have been released. The Action Plan and Business Plan support the delivery of headline strategies and targets outlined in the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030
  • The 2021-22 FOGO Rollout Plan is expected to be published in August 2021. It focuses on facilitating market development actions for FOGO derived products, matching processing capacity with projected FOGO generation rates and providing support to key stakeholders in planning and implementing FOGO services.
  • The Market Development Strategy for FOGO Derived Products report outlines market development actions to develop and maintain end markets for FOGO derived products in Western Australia, and is expected to be published in August 2021.
  • Contracts and funding schedules are currently being progressed with proponents of the recycling infrastructure modernisation WA project to reprocess plastics, tyres, paper and cardboard. It is anticipated that works will commence on some projects from August 2021.
  • An E-waste Materials Flow Analysis report will be finalised by August 2021. The outcomes of this work will assist in preparing for implementation of the WA Government’s decision to ban e-waste from being disposed of to landfill by 2024. 
  • The 2019-20 Waste and Recycling report is expected to be released by August 2021. The introduction of mandatory reporting under the revised Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Regulations 2008 has provided for a more complete dataset compared to 2018-19 reporting. 
Special thanks to Marcelle Broderick, Director Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery. Since commencing her role in 2019, her leadership has significantly progressed the objectives of the Waste Authority and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. Wishing Marcelle all the best as she finishes her tenure with the Department at the end of July 2021.

Full details of the key outcomes from the meeting are available here.

Waste is the Word

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