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4 June 2021
Issue 11

In this issue:

Calling all Wasties!
Hold on to your seats as the call for abstracts is now open and sponsorship opportunities are now available for the 2021 Waste & Recycle Conference.
We are excited to announce that the Conference will once again be held at Crown Towers, Perth on Wednesday, 8 September and Thursday, 9 September with tours being hosted on Friday, 10 September. Following our virtual Conference last year, we are looking forward to once again meeting in person, offering all delegates a chance to create new connections within the industry. The Conference theme this year is ‘What is Essential?’
Call for Abstracts
Want to be part of the conversation? The call for abstract process is now open. Please click here if you would like to submit an abstract under one of the following Conference streams:
  • Infrastructure
  • Waste Avoidance
  • Product Stewardship / Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Market Development and Sustainable Procurement
  • Behaviour Change
All abstracts must be submitted prior to Friday, 25 June 2021.
Sponsorship & Exhibition
Through an interactive Conference program, including networking sessions, workshops, tours and presentations our sponsors and exhibitors will have abundant opportunities to interact with delegates, to promote your brand and market your product, services and business opportunities.
You are invited to explore the 2021 Sponsorship Prospectus, available here, and submit a booking form to confirm. Please note, opportunities are strictly limited and these will fill quickly.

For more information on how you can be part of the 2021 Waste & Recycle Conference, make sure to get in touch with the organisers at Event & Conference Co.
LG Focus: Electric Shocks in Shire of Murray
Grey clouds and torrential rain didn’t dampen the spirits of Murray residents as they poured into Pinjarra to drop off their unwanted E-Waste on Saturday, 29 May.
Nearly 70 people dropped off e-waste in Pinjarra – some interesting items included an electric bidet and a brand new foot spa. There was also a week long collection at the Shire of Waroona, which filled two stillages to maximum capacity!
WALGA Preferred Suppliers WorkPower staffed the event in Pinjarra (thanks to Rhett, Phil and Court) and Total Green Recycling will recycle the e-waste collected. Thanks to Rikki Pulfer (Shire of Waroona) and Claire Ward (Shire of Murray), without their assistance these collections would not have been possible.
The E-waste Drop-off Events were funded through the New Industries Fund which is managed by the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation.

Pictured (clockwise from top left): #WasteDogs Sully and Jordy, the WorkPower Team, loading full stillages onto the truck, and a stillage brimming with items destined for recycling.
Curious for more electrifying information about the E-waste Drop-off Events? Please email Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Recycling or call on (08) 9213 2063.
Whirlwind of Container Recycling
Through the Container Deposit Scheme, over $50,000 has been donated to people impacted by the Wooroloo bushfires and Cyclone Seroja – via the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund.
The Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund was activated in February this year to support those impacted by the Wooroloo bushfires and later to assist those affected by Cyclone Seroja. The Fund signed up for a specific Containers for Change Scheme ID, which allows anyone to donate their container refund directly to the Fund.
If you would like to make a donation, use the Lord Mayor’s Distress Relief Fund Scheme ID C10414519 when you return your eligible containers to a local refund point.

For more details, the WA Government media statement is available here.
MRF’s Away!
Congratulations to Cleanaway on opening their new Material Recovery Facility in South Guildford.
Representatives from Local Government had the opportunity to visit the new Cleanaway Material Recovery Facility (MRF) on 28 May for the official opening. The new MRF has the capacity to process 200,000 tonnes of recyclables a year and replaces the facility which burnt down in November 2019.

Pictured: Cleanaway’s General Manager Western Australia & Northern Territory, Brad Gornall, inside the new Cleanaway Material Recovery Facility in South Guildford.
The Cleanaway media release is available here.
Paint Certainty until 2031
Paintback, the National Paint Product Stewardship Scheme, will continue to fund paint recycling for another 10 years – thanks to the renewal of their ACCC authorisation.
Paintback has been active in Australia since late 2015 and requires an ACCC authorisation to apply the 15c per litre levy on paint which funds the Scheme. Since the current authorisation was due to expire on 1 June 2021, Paintback applied for authorisation for a further 10 years.
The ACCC granted Paintback’s application, with the authorisation continuing until 18 June 2031. The determination provides certainty to the Local Governments who host Paintback collection locations and continues to benefit the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program.
As Paintback now funds the paint collected at most of the HHW Program facilities, the Scheme has saved the HHW Program over $1M. These savings have enabled the HHW Program to undertake a number of temporary collection events and establish new permanent HHW facilities.
To find out more about the Paintback determination, visit the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission 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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