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MWAC Information Bulletin
30 October 2015
WALGA
Issue 223

In this issue...
Submissions: Events:
  • Monday, 9 November - Roadshow, Shire of Manjimup
  • Tuesday, 17 November - Roadshow, Shire of Gingin
  • Thursday, 19 November - Roadshow, Shire of Wagin

On the road again…
WALGA and Keep Australia Beautiful WA are organising a series of workshops for Local Government officers and Elected Members to share local waste and litter/dumping of rubbish knowledge and concerns.
Workshops will be held in:
 
  • Shire Gingin Office, 7 Brockman Street, Gingin: Monday 9 November
  • Shire of Manjimup Library, Gallery room, Cnr Rose and Mount Street, Manjimup: Tuesday 17 November
  • Shire of Wagin Office, 2 Arthur Road, Wagin: Thursday 19 November
Morning sessions will focus on litter and dumping of rubbish, with waste management topics in the afternoon. Attendees can select which sessions they want to attend and which topics of discussion to ensure workshop content is relevant.
This workshop flyer is available from the WasteNet website. Register online by Friday 6 November.
We’re in Business!
The Waste Authority has released their Business Plan 2015-16.

The Business Plan sets out the key program areas where actions will be taken to implement the Waste Strategy. The Business Plan is available via the Waste Authority website.

The Waste Authority has also released their Annual Report for 2014-15. Highlights over the year include additional $20 million funding for the Better Bins Kerbside Collection Program, publication of the Waste Authority Communications Guidelines and participation in recycling of C&D waste through the Strategic Partnership with the Master Builders Association.
The Annual Report is available via the Waste Authority website.
EPA’s Separation Anxiety
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has released its Draft Environmental Assessment Guideline for Separation Distances between Industrial and Sensitive Land Uses (EAG) for comment.
The EAG will replace the EPA’s 2005 Guidance Statement 3: Separation Distances between Industrial and Sensitive Land Uses. The purpose of this EAG is to:
 
  • Provide advice on which land uses require separation, and recommend the appropriate separation distances
  • Outline the EPA’s expectations on the application of separation distances for schemes and scheme amendments in the environmental impact assessment process
  • Support strategic and statutory land use planning and development decisions by planning authorities where proposed land uses have the potential to adversely impact on human health and amenity.
Consultation on the EAG closes Wednesday, 18 November. To contribute to the WALGA Submission, contact Heather Squire, Waste Management Policy Coordinator on 9213 2069 or email hsquire@walga.asn.au by Friday 13 November.
Compliance in Public
The Department of Environment Regulation has released its Draft Guidance statement on Publication of Annual Audit Compliance Reports.
The guidance statement provides an overview of DER’s intention to provide greater public access to environmental compliance reports submitted by licensees.
Consultation on the Draft Guidance Statement closes Friday 18 December. To contribute to the WALGA Submission, contact Heather Squire, Waste Management Policy Coordinator on 9213 2069 or email hsquire@walga.asn.au by Friday 11 December.
The Review That Was
The Review of the WARR Act Report has been released and a business as usual approach will be adopted.
The review found that the WARR Act meets its objective and No legislative amendments are proposed. A key finding on the review states the State Government “will continue to implement mechanisms to support better alignment of waste management planning, waste services and waste contracts across local and State Government and industry.

The Review is available from the Department of Environment Regulation website.

Rubber Research

Tyre Stewardship Australia (TSA) has announced a Tyre Stewardship Research Fund.

The fund release $1 million to facilitate investment and support the development of Australia’s tyre recycling industry and markets for tyre derived products.

The funding will be delivered in two streams. The Project stream focuses projects that will directly increase the local use of tyre-derived products, such as crumb rubber, rubber granule and shredded tyre products. The Scholarship stream is seeking new research ideas and technologies which may benefit the waste tyre and associated manufacturing industries.

For more information, including funding guidelines and applications forms, visit the Funding page on the TSA website. Applications close 5pm, Wednesday, December 16, 2015.
 

WALGA will be meeting with TSA to discuss any other progress on the delivery of the national scheme.

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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Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
Email: info@walga.asn.au
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