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MWAC Information Bulletin
7 November 2014
Issue 199

In this issue...

TV Troubles
Last fortnight we shared the news that several Local Governments had been told by DHL that the contracts they had in place to provide permanent collection sites under the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme were going to be terminated.
Now, it appears that some of the Local Governments that have contracts with Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform (ANZRP) are also going to be affected. It appears that ANZRP are undertaking a ‘rationalisation’ of sites, particularly in the South West region.

WALGA is undertaking advocacy on this issue, in conjunction with the Australian Local Government Association. Communication with the Federal Department has indicated that a Review Paper will be released at the end of this month. WALGA will also approach the Waste Authority, and request that emergency funding is made available to affected Local Governments.

WALGA will provide more information on this situation, as it becomes available.
For more information, please contact A/Manager, Waste and Recycling Heather Squire on 9213 2069.
Landfill Levy Increase – Impacts on the Non-Metropolitan Area
The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Levy (WARR Levy) will increase from 1 January 2015.
Waste management companies servicing the metropolitan area may approach non-metropolitan Local Governments to secure disposal arrangements.

WALGA has circulated an Infopage that will assist Local Governments with understanding the range of regulatory requirements that must be met prior to entering into disposal arrangements with waste management companies servicing the metropolitan area.
The Infopage can be viewed here on the WasteNet website.
For more information, contact Waste Management Policy Coordinator, Heather Squire on 9213 2069.
Tagging Trials
WALGA will submit a budget bid to the Waste Authority to roll out the bin tagging program in interested Local Governments next financial year.
WALGA is also negotiating with ZeroWasteSA to access their Bin Tagging resources.

There has been a lot of interest in the upcoming Bin Tagging Program Trial. Prior to the program launching across WA Local Governments, the Trial will need to be completed so a business case for funding can be developed.

For this program to be effective at changing behaviour, a consistent approach needs to be rolled out across Local Governments. The Bin Tagging Program will include consistent artwork, marketing and methodology.
For more information about the Bin Tagging Program email Manager, Waste and Recycling Rebecca Brown or call 9213 2063.
LitterBusters Launch
This week, the City of Rockingham launched LitterBusters, a dedicated rapid response team focused primarily on litter.
Operating seven days, LitterBusters will respond to all litter related reports from the community, including removal of illegal dumping. Litter reports can be made using the Litterbusters mobile app, via email, or phone. A highly visible team will be found around all high visitation public areas throughout the City, as well as those corners where litter has been hiding for years.

The key goals of the new services will be to provide the community a timely response to requests, reduce the impact of litter on our environment, monitor illegal dumping and litter hot spots, as well as generally maintaining paths, boardwalks and other areas.
For more information on LitterBusters, visit the City of Rockingham website.
HHW Update
A proposal has been sent to the Waste Authority to request an increase to the budget allocation for this financial year.
Due to an exceptionally large agenda this month, the proposal has been pushed back to the December meeting. There will continue to be a hold on Temporary Collection Day planning or promotion of the Program until a decision is reached.
For more information about the Household Hazardous Waste Program, contact Tazra Hawkins, MWAC Project Coordinator on 9213 2062.
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:
ONE70, LV1, 170 Railway Parade,
West Leederville, WA 6007
PO Box 1544, West Perth, WA 6872
Tel: (08) 9213 2000 | Fax: (08) 9213 2077
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