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MWAC Information Bulletin
5 December 2014
Issue 201

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Events: Submissions:

WARR Review Released
The Environment Minister has released the WARR Act Review Discussion Paper, which incorporates many recommendations made by the WA Local Government Association in its 2013 Vision for Waste Management in the Metropolitan Area.
The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act) is the principal legislation for waste management in Western Australia and is subject to a statutory review within five years of its commencement.

WALGA President Mayor Troy Pickard said the discussion paper would prompt productive dialogue about a number of key issues and ultimately benefit the community.

“The discussion paper, while not providing a definitive waste management governance model, is a good starting point,” Mayor Pickard said.

“The paper focuses predominately on reforming Local Government waste management arrangements, however Local Governments would also like consideration to be given to the commercial, industrial, construction and demolition sectors to achieve more holistic outcomes.”

Submissions close Monday, 23 February 2015.

MWAC will be developing a Submission on the Paper and will undertake consultation with the sector in early 2015.
To access the WARR Act Review Discussion Paper, visit the Department of Environment Regulation website.
Switch onto TV and Computer Review
The Federal Government has released a review paper on the National TV and Computer Product Stewardship Scheme.
On Friday, 14 November, more than 40 representatives from Local and State Government and the private sector took part in a Federal Government round table to discuss issues with the National TV and Computer Recycling Scheme.  MWAC raised the issues currently being faced by Local Governments in WA in relation to the Scheme.
A number of Local Governments have had contracts terminated and are facing increased costs for TV and Computer Recycling.   MWAC has approached the Waste Authority seeking assistance for Local Government and is now developing a proposal for the Authority to consider.

Submissions on the Discussion Paper close Friday, 6 February 2015.
MWAC will be developing a Submission on the Paper and will undertake consultation with the sector in early 2015.
To access the review paper, visit the Department of the Environment website.
Toodyay has been awarded the Western Australian Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities title for 2014 for its residents’ attitudes towards solar lighting, cycling, bird watching and volunteering.
Announcing the winner at the Keep Australia Beautiful WA, Environment Minister Albert Jacob said the awards recognised regional communities for their achievements in working towards sustainability, protecting their environments and preserving and celebrating their cultural heritage.
The Minister commended Toodyay which has seen a significant increase in the number of volunteers working in the community.
“As a community, Toodyay has enthusiastically embraced the Tidy Towns program as a vehicle for community action in the town,” he said.
Toodyay is now in the running for the national Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities award, to be announced next year.  A national judge will visit the town in the next few weeks.
To see all the WA State category winners, visit the Keep Australia Beautiful WA website.
Tis the Season for Consultation
The Department of Environment Regulation is getting into the spirit of consultation early this year, releasing the following three papers for comment.
  1. Draft Guidance Statement on Regulatory Principles (closes 17 December)
  2. Draft Material Guideline: Construction Projects (closes 16 December)
  3. Draft Material Guideline: Clean Fill (closes 17 December)
These papers are available at the Department of Environment Regulation website.
To contribute comments to the WALGA Submissions on these documents, please email Waste Management Policy Coordinator Heather Squire or call 9213 2069.
Be part of seeing how future technology, innovative business models and policies can harness new value from resources, unlock prosperity and conquer the waste challenge.
The World Resources Forum (WRF) is the global science-based platform for sharing knowledge about the economic, political, social and environmental implications of global resource use.  WRF promotes innovation for resource productivity by building bridges between policymakers, researchers, business leaders, entrepreneurs, NGOs and civil society.
The WRF are hosting a forum in Sydney on 1-2 June 2015, co-hosted by the Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) and by SMaRT@UNSW, followed by the 2015 International Sustainability Symposium, 3 June 2015.
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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.
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