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2 july 2021
Issue 13

In this issue:

LG Focus: Bullsbrook Recycling Centre celebrates 50,000 visitors!
The City of Swan Recycling Centre in Bullsbrook has welcomed 50,000 people in the past 11 months, an increase of more than 15,000 compared to the previous year.
The facility offers City of Swan residents a free option to divert waste from landfill and is also home to a popular reuse shop and Containers for Change refund point. With numbers of visitors expected to increase, the City has announced that it will soon be opening a new Recycling Centre in Malaga.

Ready to rummage for some trashy treasures? Email the City of Swan for more information about their Recycling Centres.
Contaminated Sites Data Available
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is making available to Local Governments the restricted Contaminated Sites Database spatial dataset.
This dataset is a spatial representation of individual sites recorded and classified by the Department under the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 (CS Act). Access to this restricted dataset is free of charge and will be specifically tailored for each Local Governments’ boundaries. Due to the sensitive nature of the dataset, a ‘Data/Product Request & Licence Agreement’ must be signed by the requesting Local Government Chief Executive Officer, or their Authorised Signatory, before the dataset can be accessed.

The Licence Agreement can be requested by emailing the Department and the Contaminated Sites Metadata can be found here.

The Department has trialled the dataset with a select number of Local Governments who have returned positive feedback. Access to the dataset will complement the statutory notifications the Department has previously given under the CS Act and these statutory notifications will continue as normal. The dataset will be essential to assist each Local Government in providing to the Office of the Auditor General a listing of all sites when compiling their annual reports and financial statements.
If you have any queries, please email Christopher Chau, Contaminated Sites Business Systems Coordinator, or call on (08) 6364 7174.
Speak out on Noise Emissions
The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is seeking public comment on the draft Guideline: Assessment of environmental noise emissions.
The draft Guideline sets out the Department's information requirements for the analysis of noise emission impact for prescribed premises, and will apply to all applications for a works approval or licence (including amendments) with an identified noise emission component, under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 .

WALGA will be developing a submission in response to the draft Guideline. If you would like to provide feedback please email Gráinne Whelan, Waste Management Specialist, or call on (08) 9213 2069 by 5:00pm on Monday, 16 August.

Submissions on the draft Guideline are due by 5:00pm on Friday, 10 September.
For more information about the consultation process, please email the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation or visit their website.
Rubble to Roads
The Waste Authority have released a report on the Roads to Reuse pilot project.
Roads to Reuse, a State Government initiative administered by the Waste Authority, began as a pilot project designed to support the ongoing use of recycled construction and demolition (C&D) products in civil applications such as road construction.

So far the initiative has used more than 25,000 tonnes of recycled C&D material as part of the Kwinana Freeway Northbound Widening Project from Russell Road to Roe Highway. A further 7,000 tonnes of material was used in the Murdoch Drive Connection project. Roads to Reuse will now be expanded to include the use of C&D material from the former Princess Margaret Hospital site which will generate an estimated 80,000 tonnes of non-hazardous material.

As the State Government builds upon the success of the pilot project, commitments to procure and use Roads to Reuse compliant product will need to increase significantly in order to achieve the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Action Plan 2030 targets of using over 100,000 tonnes and 200,000 tonnes of C&D in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

The Roads to Reuse pilot project report is now available on the Waste Authority website.
Textiles Turning the Tide
Charitable Recycling Australia recently commissioned a study to measure the triple bottom line impact of the charitable reuse and recycling network.
The Charitable Impact Study shows that charitable recycling diverts over a million tonnes of waste from landfill, raises almost a billion dollars for social programs, creates over 5,300 jobs and engages 33,500 volunteers across 9.2 million volunteer hours every year.

Charitable Recycling Australia’s network of 3,000+ charity and social enterprise retailers, and 10,000+ charity bins have a resource recovery rate of 86%. Just one of several headline datasets that demonstrate how the charitable reuse and recycling network can help all levels of government reach Australia’s 2030 National Waste Policy targets.

For more details, a summary of the study is available here or you can read the full report here.
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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