WALGA’s Waste Management Newsletter
Issue 20 October 2021

Celebrating 1 year of the CDS!

Western Australians have saved 765 million containers from landfill since the Container Deposit Scheme commenced on 1 October 2021.

Containers for Change is fast becoming an institution in WA and is now the most accessible Container Deposit Scheme in Australia. All 10c containers accepted at Refund Points are recycled and turned into new containers or other items. People can either keep their 10c per container refund or donate it to a charity or community group of their choice. $2.5 million has been raised for community organisations and charities, with more than 800 WA schools using Containers for Change to raise funds for activities and resources.

The WA Government media release is available here.

Be the change. Visit the Containers for Change WA website for more information.

Summit Happening in the Great Southern

Registrations are now open for the WALGA Non-metropolitan Waste Summit being held on Thursday, 11 and Friday, 12 November in the Great Southern.

The Summit will bring high profile speakers to the region as well as showcasing local initiatives and opportunities.

Speakers already confirmed:
  • Reg Howard-Smith, Chair, Waste Authority
  • Michael Aspinall, Chair, Keep Australia Beautiful
  • Shelia McHale, Chair, Containers for Change
Participants will also have opportunities to workshop local waste management issues and network with their colleagues from the region. This event will bring together Local Government, business and the community to build relationships and share knowledge, as well as to improve service delivery, social opportunities and environmental outcomes for local communities.

This event is being hosted by the City of Albany, Shire of Denmark and Shire of Plantagenet, and sponsored by Containers for Change and Cleanaway.

For more information, visit the WALGA website. To register, click here.

Waste Authority

Key outcomes from the Waste Authority meeting held on Thursday, 23 September.
  • The release of the Waste and recycling in Western Australia 2019-20 report  
  • The Waste Authority approved an updated Construction and Demolition (C&D) Rollout Plan for stakeholder consultation. A C&D Reference Group, comprising of peak industry bodies and State and Local Government will be established shortly, to provide expert advice on projects identified in the plan. 
  • The Waste Authority released the FOGO rollout plan 2021–22 
  • Step-by-Step guide to support planning, implementation and monitoring of better practice FOGO services is under development. The guide is expected to be released in 2021. 
  • The Waste Authority noted progress on a report providing the impacts and benefits of kerbside collection systems within the Perth and Peel region. The report will assist in assessing various kerbside services, with variables including system costs, recovery rates and greenhouse gas emissions. 
  • The Waste Authority considered Guidelines for local government vergeside and drop-off services. The guidelines provide principles and guidance for better practice vergeside collection services and better practice drop-off services. The guidelines are anticipated to be available on the Waste Authority website in 2021. 
  • The Waste Authority approved the E-Waste Material Flows Analysis report which determines the quantities and types of e-waste in Western Australia. The report will assist in preparing for implementation of the Western Australian Government’s decision to ban e-waste from being disposed of to landfill by 2024. The report will be published on the Waste Authority website.
Full details of the key outcomes from the meeting are available here.

Federal Funding for FOGO

The Federal Government has announced the Food Waste for Healthy Soils Fund which will include a $67M investment.

The Fund includes:

$57 million infrastructure fund to support new and improved organic waste recycling infrastructure to divert Food Organic and Garden Organic (FOGO) waste from landfill.

$10 million to support work to ensure the quality, consistency and safety of recycled organics products for use on agricultural soils including:
  • Reducing contamination through education initiatives
  • Encouraging uptake while increasing knowledge and awareness of compost benefits
  • Updating Australia’s compost standards (AS4454-2012 Compost, Mulches and Soil Conditioners) to ensure compost products are top-grade, safe, consistent, and can be used in a range of agricultural settings, and
  • Updating government procurement guidelines to stimulate market for high quality compost.
Applications can only be made by State and Territory Governments, and must include at least matching State and Territory and matching third party funding. The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is actively exploring options for how the state can participate post the setting of 2021/22 budgets.

For more information, visit the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

LG Focus: The Secret Life of
Bassendeanus recyclus

With a nod to Sir David Attenborough, the Town of Bassendean produced a series of entertaining videos to communicate better practice source separation and waste disposal for the community.

The videos introduce us to the elusive life of the mammal Bassendeanus recyclus as he deals with the waste-related escapades of everyday life. There’s something for everyone from tips on creating a more sustainable environment to perfecting all manner of mating rituals.

The Town of Bassendean are happy to make these videos available for other Local Governments to use. If you’re interested, email the Town’s Waste Team or call on (08) 9377 8095.

Vale Colin and Bernice Dent

Many will have heard the tragic news regarding the deaths of Colin Dent and his wife Bernice.

Colin was a long-time Local Government Environmental Health Officer and most recently the Manager of Health Services at the Shire of Capel. His career in Local Government spanned over 40 years and included a hugely diverse portfolio from mosquitoes to waste.

Those who worked with Colin will remember his generous and sharing nature and warm, if heavily bearded, smile. He will be missed, and our thoughts are with his family and the community in the Shire of Capel and EHOs.

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.
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