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MWAC Information Bulletin
21 November 2014
WALGA
Issue 200

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Last 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.
This forum was the first step of a consultation process to review the Scheme. A review paper will be released shortly by the Federal Government outlining options for improving the scheme. The forum was advised by the government that the regulations that govern the Scheme can be changed if needed, but this cannot happen until July 2015.
 
WALGA will be compiling a submission as part of this review.
If you would like to contribute comments to this submission, please email Waste Management Policy Coordinator Heather Squire or phone 9213 2069.
Want to Talk Rubbish with the Experts?
Keep Australia Beautiful WA is having an information session and workshop on Friday 5 December, on how to fight litter more effectively at the workshop you can:
  • Learn more about the litter problem in WA
  • Find out about KABC litter prevention programs
  • Hear about innovative Local Government litter prevention initiatives
  • Let KABC know what you need to fight litter
  • Learn about designing a Litter Prevention Strategy for your Local Government.
When: Friday, 5 December, 10.00am - 12.30pm, followed by lunch.
Where: Town of Cambridge Reception Room.*
 
To register your interest in attending, please email Rohan Swan at Keep Australia Beautiful or call 6467 5143.
** (If you are from a regional Local Government and can't get to the workshop, contact Rohan Swan to see how you can participate) **
Comment Sought: Draft Guidance Statement on Regulatory Principles
The Department of Environment Regulation (DER) is seeking feedback on its recently released Draft Guidance Statement on Regulatory Principles.
This Guidance Statement provides high-level principles of good regulatory practice that will guide the development of further policy and process to increase the effectiveness, efficiency and transparency of DER’s environment regulation functions.
 
The Guidance Statement is available here.
If you would like to contribute comments to the WALGA Submission, please email Waste Management Policy Coordinator Heather Squire or phone 9213 2069 by COB Friday, 5 December.
End of Waste - Released
The DER Guidance Statement on regulating the use of waste derived material has been released.
This Guidance Statement is intended to provide a framework for the development of a range of material specific guidelines which will outline how the materials can be used without posing an unacceptable risk to the environment.
 
It is expected that several material specific guidelines will soon be released for comment.
For more information on the Guidance Statement click here.
Longer Licences
Minister Albert Jacob has announced that environmental licences for industrial premises, including waste management facilities, may now be granted for up to 20 years.
The Minister indicated that “the move would reduce red tape for the industry and increase the focus on improving environmental outcomes by allowing industry to make longer-term decisions”. 

The Minister also stated that “by increasing the length of licences, more focus can go into ensuring industry compliance with the conditions of operation and the completion of robust environmental assessments, rather than administrative procedures”.
For more information click here.
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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