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MWAC Information Bulletin
8 January 2015
WALGA
Issue 227

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Tag a Bin, Change a Life
Following on from the success of the Bin Tagging Pilot Program, WALGA has received funding through the Strategic Partnership with the Waste Authority to roll out of this Program.
WALGA is seeking Expressions of Interest from Local Governments to take part in the Program. Two options are available for Local Governments to engage with in the Program:
  • Option 1: Funding Assistance for Bin Tagging
  • Option 2: Local Government funded Program
EoIs for Option 1 close COB Friday 22 January. Expressions of Interest for Option 2 will be processed on an ongoing basis.
The Program was successfully piloted with the Cities of Joondalup and Kwinana and the Town of Cambridge this year, and saw a reduction in contamination of the recycling bin by up to 33%.
If you are interested in taking part in the Program, please complete the Expression of Interest and return to Manager, Waste and Recycling Rebecca Brown.
New Chair
Shire of Gingin Councillor, Michael Aspinall, has been appointed Chair of both the Municipal Waste Advisory Council and the Keep Australia Beautiful Council of WA.
The Environment Minister Albert Jacob congratulated Cr Aspinall on his appointment to KAB "Cr Aspinall has extensive experience and knowledge of litter prevention, waste management and advocating for positive outcomes in the community.”

"I have confidence that Cr Aspinall will appropriately and effectively serve Western Australia as the chair of the council."
Cr Aspinall was appointed as MWAC Chair for two years, Cr Darren Slyns, Shire of Dandargan was appointed Deputy Chair.  Thanks to Cr Doug Thompson, former MWAC Chair, for his leadership over the last two years.
Get Risk Ready
The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) is seeking feedback on the following draft Guidance Statements.
These documents will underpin DER’s risk-based approach to the regulation of prescribed premises under the Environmental Protection Act 1986: WALGA and WMAA are hosting a workshop to gather Local Government feedback on these documents. The workshop will be followed by a networking session to celebrate the New Year. The workshop will be held 1-4pm Friday 5 February.

Click here to register for this event by Wednesday, 3 February.

The consultation period closes Friday, 26 February.
Alternatively, comments can be provided to Waste Management Policy Coordinator Heather Squire by COB Wednesday 10 February.
Cigarette recycling stubbed out
Terracycle’s cigarette recycling program has been discontinued.
The Cigarette Waste Brigade program was provided financial support by the Australian tobacco industry. Following the industry’s evaluation of the program, it was discontinued at the end of 2015.
For more information click here.
CEFC commits to Bioenergy Function
The Clean Energy Finance Corporation is providing up to $100 million as a cornerstone investment in a new equity fund for bioenergy and energy from waste.
The Australian Bioenergy Fund, managed by Foresight Group is targeting equity investments in projects from $2 million to $100 million, ranging from small-scale anaerobic digestion to mid-scale energy from waste developments. The CEFC’s commitment to the Australian Bioenergy Fund is designed to help accelerate and widen the market uptake of bioenergy and energy from waste technologies.
 
The Australian Bioenergy Fund will invest in a range of technologies including:
  • Energy from agricultural waste
  • Anaerobic digestion, where microorganisms break down biodegradable material in the absence of oxygen
  • Sustainably sourced biomass to energy projects, such as plantation timber residues and sawmill waste
  • Landfill gas capture and destruction
  • Wood pelletisation, where forestry plantation waste is converted into pellets that can be burned as fuel; and
  • Production of biofuels
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For more information click here.
WHAT IS MWAC?
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:
WALGA
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West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
Email: info@walga.asn.au
www.walga.asn.au
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