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21 may 2021
Issue 10

In this issue:

LG Focus: Joondalup Goes Large
A throng of excited City of Joondalup residents attended the Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Event held on Saturday, 15 May.
The event in Joondalup was the biggest Temporary Collection Day the Program has ever held, with 831 residents dropping off a total of 21,560kg of household hazardous waste. Not a dull moment went by as the Cleanaway crew impressed onlookers with their efficient transfer of materials from residents’ vehicles.
Most of the materials collected will be recycled, recovered or re-used in Australia, diverting them from landfill. Making their appearance were legions of the usual suspects, paint products and gas cylinders.
Special thanks to the fantastic team from the City of Joondalup who helped to ensure that the event ran like clockwork. The event was made possible with funding that is administered by the Waste Authority on behalf of the Government of Western Australia.

For more information, email Tazra Hawkins, HHW Coordinator or call on (08) 9213 2062.
Welcome Gráinne!
The Waste Team are very happy to be welcoming Gráinne Whelan, as our new Waste Management Specialist.
Gráinne comes to WALGA from the City of Wanneroo (sorry Team Wanneroo) where she has been working on the 3-Bin roll-out amongst other diverse projects.
With experience in State and Local Government, consultancy and site management, Gráinne brings a fantastic range of experience to the team.
To get in touch, email Gráinne Whelan, Waste Management Specialist or call on (08) 9213 2069.  
EMRC’s Class Act
The Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council, with support from the Waste Authority, is holding a Circular Economy Master Class from 9 June to 11 June.
With local, national and international speakers, tours and workshops, the Circular Economy Master Class promises to be an action packed three-day event. A first for the state, this event focusing solely on Circular Economy in WA is a great opportunity to learn more and work out what the Circular Economy means for you and your organisation.

When: Wednesday, 9 June to Friday, 11 June
Where: Optus Stadium
Cost: $330.00 (3 days). Register here.
Click here to view the Circular Economy Master Class Program.

For more information, email Wendy Harris, EMRC Chief Sustainability Officer or call on (08) 9424 2208.
Federal FOGO Funding
The Federal Government has released the budget for 2021/22 which promises $78 million for waste and recycling initiatives.
The funding is for:
  • $67M to support Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) education, processing and markets
  • $5.9M for the Product Stewardship Investment Fund, to provide more funding to assist in establishing product stewardship schemes
  • $5M to help small businesses to use the Australasian Recycling Label, to assist them in assessing their packaging to see whether it is recyclable or not.
To find out more, visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.
Michelle Andrews, former Director General of Department of Communities has been appointed as the Director General of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER).
A huge thank you to Mike Rowe, outgoing Director General at DWER, who is taking Michelle’s old job at Department of Communities. Farewell Mike and thank you for all your great work in waste. 
And for the avoidance of confusion Rebecca Brown, Manager of Waste and Recycling at WALGA has not been appointed as the Director General of the Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, although she does think it sounds like an awesome role.

Pictured (from left to right): Former Environment Minister Stephen Dawson, DWER Director General Mike Rowe and WALGA Manager Waste and Recycling Rebecca Brown.
The full list of new Department Director General appointments is available here.
Lunch with Rebecca Prince-Ruiz
Bring along your lunch for this free online event with 2021 WA Local Hero Rebecca Prince-Ruiz.
Auspire invites you to celebrate World Oceans Day with 2021 WA Local Hero Rebecca Prince-Ruiz, founder of Plastic Free July a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution.
Date: 12:00pm, Tuesday, 8 June
Venue: Online
Cost: FREE. Register here.

More details are available from the Auspire website.
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:
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 our next newsletter.

Please submit your content to the WALGA Waste Team.
WALGA operates prequalified supply contracts to access goods and services at market preferential rates. We have Preferred Supplier arrangements in place for a range of Waste Management, Parks and Gardens, and Environmental services to support service deliver and sustainability within the sector.

Further information is available from the WALGA website.
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