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MWAC Information Bulletin
9 MAY 2014
WALGA
Issue 188

In this issue...

Submissions:

Landfill Levy Increase
The State Budget has been released and includes an increase to the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Levy, which is applied to metropolitan waste received at all landfills (metropolitan and otherwise).
Local Governments in the metropolitan area need to be aware of the increase, as it is likely to impact budgets in the 2014/15 financial year.

From 1 January 2015, the landfill levy rate will increase from $28 per tonne to $55 per tonne for putrescible waste, and from $8 per tonne to $40 per tonne for inert waste. These increases are estimated to raise an additional $16.6 million in 2014-15, and a total of $202.4 million over the four year budget period.

Of this revenue, 25% ($51 million) will be paid into the WARR Account to implement initiatives to manage, reduce, re-use or recycle waste, and to monitor or measure waste. In addition, $15 million will be provided to the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority to assist in service delivery. The remaining $137 million will help fund other government priorities.
For more information, contact Manager, Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown on 9213 2063.
Got an Opinion on Verges?
WALGA has developed Draft Better Practice Guidelines that aim to clearly identify better practice recovery solutions for verge side collections in order to maximise resource recovery and increase community engagement.
WALGA has received funding from the Waste Authority, to undertake a project to assist Local Governments to maximise the amount of material recovered through verge side collections. This project involves reviewing current approaches, and developing Better Practice Guidelines for verge collections.

To date, WALGA has carried out preliminary consultation with Local Government officers at two workshops, to explore the concept of Better Practice.

WALGA has developed, and is seeking feedback on, Draft Better Practice Vergeside Collection Guidelines. The Draft Guidelines are available at the Wastenet website.

The Draft Guidelines are out for comment until Wednesday, 21 May.
If you would like to provide feedback on the Draft Guidelines please contact Rebecca Brown on 9213 2063.
Officer Opportunity
The Municipal Waste Advisory Council is calling for nominations for metropolitan and non-metropolitan Officers Advisory Group Members.
Nominations are sought for 6 Local Government Officers (3 non-metropolitan & 3 metropolitan) to be on the Officers Advisory Group of the Municipal Waste Advisory Council (MWAC). 

MWAC is a delegated Committee of the WA Local Government Association with responsibility for waste management.

Nominations close on Friday, 23 May and should be emailed to nominations@walga.asn.au.
For more information, contact Manager, Waste and Recycling, Rebecca Brown on 9213 2063 or visit the WasteNet website .
EOI: Household Hazardous Waste Temporary Collection Day 2014/15
The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Program was developed to create public awareness about the Dangerous Goods that can be stored in our homes and provide an avenue to dispose of these products.
The Program includes funding for the disposal of HHW collected from nominated Local Government facilities and through Temporary Collection Days (TCD’s). The TCD’s are run by WALGA Preferred Supplier, Toxfree, in an appropriate location nominated by the Local Government. On the day, residents in the area are encouraged to bring their HHW to the nominated location, where Toxfree collects the material.

An Expression of Interest to host a TCD in 2014/15 has been circulated to Local Government CEOs and Officers. The TCD’s will be held on a Saturday toward the end of each month. Expressions of Interest should be submitted by COB Monday, 19 May.  Local Governments will be notified if they have been nominated to host a TCD by early June.
For more information, please email Manager, Waste & Recycling, Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
Wanna Work at WALGA?
The MWAC Project Coordinator position is now available - Total Package $66K - $73K per annum (incl. 9.25% super), 6 weeks of Annual Leave, flexible working hours.
In this position you will be responsible for the delivery of a major waste management project for Local Governments, and work closely with the Municipal Waste Advisory Council (MWAC).

You will need excellent project management skills, and highly developed interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate effectively with all people. Previous project management experience within the waste and/or environment field is desirable.

Information on what to include in your application is available on the WALGA website and applications must be addressed to the Chief Executive Officer and submitted through the website.
For more information, email Rebecca Brown, Manager, Waste & Recycling or call 9213 2063.
Dive Against Debris
Marine debris, rubbish in our ocean, has risen to the top of the marine policy agenda.
Scientists, resource managers and governments increasingly recognize it as one of the most serious ocean issues of our time.

Traditional clean-ups play an important role but don’t address the problem at its source. Project AWARE Foundation is a growing movement of scuba divers acting in their own communities to support the policy change necessary to prevent and reduce rubbish entering the ocean.

Dive Against Debris, a major project of Project AWARE, is a global underwater survey of marine debris designed to increase debris removal efforts, prevent harm to marine life and connect underwater actions to policy changes and prevention. All rubbish removed by divers contributes to making the ocean safer for marine life while also providing information to help convince individuals, businesses and governments to act against marine debris.

All participating divers can access data collection protocols and survey guides so that debris data in their local areas can be accurately reported.

To see the extraordinary amount of rubbish that is littering oceans, see photographer Zak Noyle’s photos of rolling waves off Java, Indonesia, littered with rubbish.
See data already collected about the types and amounts of debris scuba divers locally and around the world have removed and report online at the Dive Against Debris map.
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
ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade,
West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
Email: info@walga.asn.au
www.walga.asn.au
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