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26 march 2021
Issue 6

In this issue:

LG Focus: Trial No More
The City of Cockburn’s successful commercial food waste trial will become a permanent service.
With the help of a State Government Community and Industry Engagement Grant, the City launched a free trial with local food retailers and restaurants in August 2020. The trial provided an opportunity to determine the benefits of a Commercial Food Waste Collection service to prevent food waste going to landfill and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions.

The trial diverted over 35 tonnes of food waste from landfill which had the potential to generate up to 67,448 kg of CO2 equivalent emissions. The positive results of the trial led to Cockburn Council endorsing the service at their February 2021 meeting. The permanent service will begin officially on 1 July 2021.

Participating Cockburn food retailers, producers and restaurants will pay an annual charge of $260 per 240L commercial food waste bin service, $78 less than the City’s annual general waste service fee for businesses.

As part of the service, business participants are provided with training and enough food waste bins to service the needs of the business. The City's waste team monitor the food waste and any contamination, to ensure a clean product is delivered to Richgro’s anaerobic digestion plant in Jandakot where biofertiliser and electricity are produced.

Image Credit: City of Cockburn.
More information on the City’s Commercial Food Waste Service is available here.
The West Metro Recycling Centre is now collecting used bicycles and sending them to Dismantle for use in programs with at risk youth.
Dismantle coordinates a number of initiatives that include BikeRescue which is a youth development program that uses hands-on skills training to engage and mentor young people in need of support.
Interested in donating bicycles? Visit the Dismantle website for more information.
New Rules for TV and Computer Product Stewardship Scheme
The Product Stewardship (Televisions and Computers) Regulations 2011 will cease to be in effect after 30 June 2021, with new Rules being developed.
The National Television and Computer Recycling Scheme (NTCRS) started in 2011. The Scheme was intended to give Australian households and small businesses free access to industry-funded collection and recycling services.

With the change from the Product Stewardship Act to the Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020 new NTCRS Rules are being developed.  

The new Rules set out the details for liable parties and administrators of co-regulatory arrangements of what is required and expected to participate in the NTCRS. The Rules specify thresholds for participation, recycling and percentage targets, collection, recycling, conversion factors and reporting requirements.

The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment is seeking feedback on the NTCRS Rules and have released an Exposure Draft that is available here.        
Feedback can be provided by completing a survey, uploading a document, or both via the Have Your Say online platform. Submissions close on Thursday, 1 April 2021.
WALGA is developing a Submission on the Rules. If you would like to provide feedback, please email Rebecca Brown, WALGA Manager Waste and Recycling, or call on (08) 9213 2063 by 5:00pm Tuesday, 30 March.
Innovating Industrial Fuel
Aviation and marine industries are aiming to reduce carbon emissions by replacing existing fossil fuels with sustainable alternatives derived from waste.
Anaerobic digestion to produce methane gas is the leading technology used worldwide to recover energy from ‘wet wastes’ such as food waste, animal manure and wastewater sludge. A new approach uses food waste to produce volatile fatty acids – which can be converted to paraffin – instead of methane gas. According to authors of the study, the fuel has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 165% compared to fossil energy. This figure comes from the reduction in carbon emitted from airplanes plus the emissions that are avoided when food waste is diverted from landfill.

A UK based renewable energy company has developed two new fuels that can be used in marine ships or vessels. Both fuels are produced using non-recyclable waste plastics as the feedstock.
Click on the following links to read the full articles on Aviation and Marine fuels.
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:
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.

Please submit your content to the WALGA Waste Team.
WALGA operates prequalified supply contracts to access goods and services at market preferential rates. We have Preferred Supplier arrangements in place for a range of Waste Management, Parks and Gardens, and Environmental services to support service deliver and sustainability within the sector.

Further information is available from the WALGA website
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