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24 March 2017
Issue 28

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Waste 101: Back to Basics
WALGA is pleased to introduce the new Waste 101: Introduction to Waste Management training course, available for free online.
Whether you’re new to waste management concepts or just need a bit of a refresher, this course is designed to provide the What, Who and How of the waste industry. This course is ideal for those looking to understand the range of services that Local Government provides to the community and the Legislative and Policy context.
Waste 101 is available online at the WALGA Training website.
New Environment Minister
MWAC welcomes the new Minister for Environment, the Hon Stephen Dawson MLC.
Minister Dawson is also responsible for the Disability Services portfolio and is Deputy Leader in the Legislative Council.
MWAC has written to Minister Dawson requesting a meeting to discuss the key issues for waste management in Western Australia.
Illegal Dumper Convicted in Armadale
A Gosnells man who dumped construction and demolition waste at a client’s home has been convicted after the incident was reported to the City of Armadale. The tenant captured the illegal dumping on camera when the City of Armadale Resident Liaison Officer attended the site.

Following a disagreement with the homeowner over a bill, a disgruntled builder dumped two trailer loads of waste from other construction and demolition jobs onto the homeowner’s driveway. This restricted access from the property and also posed a health hazard. A City of Armadale Environmental Health Officer also attended the site.
The City reported the incident to the Department of Environment Regulation who prosecuted the man. He was convicted and ordered to pay more than $1200 in fines and court costs.

Source: WA Today
Review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011
A review of the Product Stewardship Act 2011 will commence soon.
In the first review of the Act since it commenced, the Department will actively seek input from industry, governments and the general public. The terms of reference of the Review are broad and include the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme and voluntary product stewardship schemes.

In relation to the TV and Computers Scheme, the Review will also examine the adequacy of services provided by industry to remote and regional communities and the way in which exports of working computers for reuse in other countries is accounted for and reported under the Scheme.
WALGA will be a writing a submission for the review and comments can be provided by email to Heather Squire. For more information, visit the Department of the Environment and Energy website.
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
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