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12 february 2021
Issue 3

In this issue:

Massive boost for Western Australian recycling
The Morrison and McGowan Governments have announced $70 million in joint funding that will drive a more than $174 million recycling boom in Western Australia.
Minister for the Environment Sussan Ley, Assistant Minister for Waste Reduction and Environmental Management Trevor Evans, and WA Minister for the Environment Stephen Dawson have announced the funding under the Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF).

This funding is aimed at the materials that will be subject to the Export Bans – plastic, tyres, paper and cardboard.

The funding includes:
  • Paper and Cardboard: $30M towards the $86.6M Suez Recycling and Recovery/Auswaste pulp mill in Perth
  • Plastic: $9.5M for plastic reprocessing plant, a joint venture between the Pact Group Holdings and Cleanaway
  • Plastic: $5.6M for plastic sorting and reprocessing plant, developed by Chairay Sustainable Plastic Company
  • Plastic: $0.8M for HDPE and PET processing plant in Kwinana, developed by D&M Waste Management
  • Tyres: $6.9M to recycle mining tyres in the Pilbara region, a joint venture between Kariyarra Aboriginal Corporation and Tyrecycle
  • Tyres: $5.2M for equipment to produce tyre shred and crumb in Perth, developed by Tyrecycle
  • Tyres: $3.5M to establish a plant to turn tyres into 3mm crumb rubber for use in building local roads
  • Tyres: $2.9M to expand the operations of 4M Waste Pty Ltd to allow additional processing of tyres to produce crumb rubber for use in road construction
  • Tyres: $357,867 for Elan Energy Matrix Pty Ltd for a shredder to add to their existing facility and assist in turning tyres into oil, carbon char and steel.
To see the full media release, click here.
For more information, please visit the Australian Government website, DWER’s plastics and tyres fund or DWER’s paper and cardboard processing fund.
LG Focus: Millions of Containers!
Local Governments are doing a fantastic job as part of the Container Deposit Scheme, with the City of Fremantle site collecting over one million containers and the Bunbury Harvey Regional Council site collecting over two million!
Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said the City’s refund point received its one millionth container over the January long weekend. Since its opening day in October 2020, the refund point is now averaging 21,000 containers a day. This means more than $100,000 in refunds have been paid to individuals, businesses, schools, sporting clubs and community groups. To see the full media release, click here

For more information, please visit the City of Fremantle’s website.

The Bunbury Harvey Regional Council’s Stanley Road Waste Management Facility has reached a milestone with their Containers for Change refund point reaching two million containers processed through the scheme since it commenced. On Sunday morning, 7 February, the two millionth container came through the doors, only 130 days into the commencement of the Scheme.
Two million containers refunded means that $200,000 has been injected back into the community in refunds and donations from the Stanley Road site alone.

For information about containers for Change at Stanley Road Waste Management Facility, please visit their website.
LG Focus: Trash to Treasure
The McGowan Government will invest $2 million from the Collie Futures Industry Development Fund to secure a $9.4 million waste plant for the Collie region.
The collaborative project will be delivered by Renergi Pty Ltd, with support from the State Government, the Shire of Collie and the Commonwealth Government, which has provided $3.9 million in funding through the Australian Renewable Energy Agency.

Renergi will use its patented design to build a commercial-scale demonstration plant to turn municipal solid waste and waste biomass into bio-oil and biochar. The bio-oil will be sold to local industrial customers as a liquid fuel to generate industrial heat, while the biochar will be sold to WA farmers as a soil conditioner.

The project makes a considerable contribution to the circular economy by diverting residual Local Government waste from landfill and turning it into energy and other valuable by-products. The project is expected to create up to 10 jobs during construction and up to 10 jobs once the plant is fully operational. The Shire is working with Renergi to finalise the operational arrangements for the plant that will be established at the Shire’s waste facility.
To see the full media release, click here.
Review of the Covenant
The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment are undertaking a review of the Australian Packaging Covenant and the legislation associated.
A consultation paper and online survey has been prepared in order to seek stakeholder feedback 

The consultation closes Friday, 5 March. Feedback can be provided through an online survey or by making a submission. Use the link to the Department’s Have Your Say consultation platform to comment. Please note that you will need to register with the Have Your Say platform in order to make a submission.
WALGA will be making a submission to the Review. If you would like to contribute, please email Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Recycling or call on (08) 9213 2063.
Funding boost for FOGO
The McGowan Government has announced the 2021 Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO funding round for Local Governments to transition to 3-Bin FOGO kerbside collection services.
Local Governments can apply for funding of up to $23 for each household receiving a three-bin FOGO collection service in the 2021-22 financial year. 

The Better Bins Plus: Go FOGO program supports Local Governments to provide a 3-Bin FOGO service consisting of a red-lidded bin for General Waste, a yellow-lidded bin for co-mingled Recycling, and a green-lidded bin for Food Organics and Garden Organics.

For more information or to apply for this round of funding, please visit the Waste Authority website or contact the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation. Applications close 5:00pm on Wednesday, 31 March.

To see the full media release, click here.
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:
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