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28 October 2016
Issue 19

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LG Spotlight: Stirling’s Skips
The City of Stirling introduced an on demand skip bin service in July 2015 to make it more convenient for residents to dispose of household junk. City of Stirling residents are entitled to one skip bin service per financial year. The service replaced the previous scheduled hard waste verge collection system.
Since the introducing the new system, there has been a reduction in illegal dumping across the City.

The use of skip bins has also resulted in a 48% drop in the amount of household junk collected from residents when comparing July 2015 to May 2016 figures with the previous 12 month period.
Suez, the contractor providing the City’s skip bin service, recently completed a sorting trial at its Material Recovery Facility in Bibra Lake. The trial resulted in a 37% recovery rate, which is a great result.
Waste Audit Wake Up Call
The Auditor General has tabled a Report in Parliament - Western Australian Waste Strategy: Rethinking Waste.
This Report assesses whether strategies to reduce the State’s reliance on landfill to manage household, construction, demolition, commercial and industrial waste have been successful. The recommendations focus on the activities of the Department of Environment Regulation and Waste Authority. Key findings include:
  • Waste Strategy targets were not met but progress has been made
  • Agency roles are unclear leading to poor planning, reporting and delays in funding project
  • Guidance on good practice waste management planning and operations is limited
  • Simple messages and incentives to engage the community in waste avoidance and minimisation are needed.
Of particular interest to Local Government, are the recommendations for improved accountability and transparency of WARR Account expenditure, the need for a State Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Plan and references to building an integrated Local Government approach to waste management based on the Association’s Vision for Waste Management in the Metropolitan Area. The Report also highlights that Waste Strategy implementation should include planning and projects that improve resource recovery in regional Western Australia.
For more information please email, Manager Waste and Recycling Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
Consistency is Key
WALGA recently hosted a well-attended workshop on consistent communication for waste management.
Representatives from Local Government, waste industry, Department of Environment Regulation, Waste Authority and Keep Australia Beautiful all took part in a roundtable discussion on consistent communication for kerbside waste collection, including current messaging used, barriers to consistent communications, solutions and support needed to implement change.
Thank you to everyone who attended, a summary of outcomes is available from the WasteNet website.
Paintback Drop off Days
The national Paint Product Stewardship Scheme, Paintback has been launched and Paintback, with support from Local Government, are hosting waste paint and packaging collection days.
Waste paint and packaging that is no longer required can be dropped off at the collection days:
  • City of Stirling: 8:00am - 12:00pm Saturday, 19 November - Council car park, 25 Cedric Street, Balcatta.
  • City of Wanneroo: 8:00am - 12:00pm Saturday, 3 December - Operations Depot front car park, 1204 Wanneroo Road, Ashby.
  • City of Rockingham: 8:00am - 12:00pm Saturday, 10 December - Council car park, off Ameer Street, Rockingham.
Paintback accept architectural and decorative waste paint up to 100 litres per visit per vehicle, secured in containers of 20 litres or less.

Products ACCEPTED:
Water and solvent based interior and exterior paints, deck coatings, floor paints, primers, undercoats, sealers, stains, shellacs, varnish, urethanes (single component), wood coatings and packaging. No other materials will be accepted on the day.
For more information contact Tazra Hawkins, Project Coordinator at WALGA on 9213 2062 or email
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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