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MWAC Information Bulletin
6 March 2015
Issue 207

In this issue...

Congratulations Tidy Toodyay!
Toodyay has been awarded Australia’s Tidiest Town 2015 as well as three Keep Australia Beautiful National Awards: Dame Phyllis Frost Litter Prevention, Resource Recovery & Waste Management, and Environmental Protection and Innovation.
Toodyay’s grass roots efforts and community participation were more than showcased at the national awards ceremony hosted in Sheffield, Tasmania. Toodyay presented the following:
  • Adopt-a-spot project and its signage, in partnership with Bendigo Bank. There have been 51 pickups, 457 participants, 535 bags of rubbish, weighing 2,210.86kg, which included 5,256 cigarette butts.
  • Recycling facilities at the Waste Transfer Station: furniture, building materials, glass, steel, aluminium, engine oil, e-waste, hazardous goods, accepted free-of-charge.
Toodyay Naturalists’ Club: Award winning environmental group; focus: education, observation, nature reserves, feral species management, and Toodyay Friends of the River Award winning working group; focus: surveying, weed control, revegetation, and feral species management.
Congratulations to everyone at Toodyay for your well-deserved win!
NSW – Cash Deposit Scheme Announced!
NSW Premier Mike Baird has announced a re-elected Baird Government will introduce reverse vending machines across the state as part of a cost-effective container deposit scheme for the recycling of drink containers.
Mr Baird and Environment Minister Rob Stokes said the government will engage in comprehensive community consultation on the design of the scheme and the incentive structure for communities to participate.

By 1 July 2017, communities will be rewarded for their recycling efforts through the use of reverse vending machines at popular beaches, parks, and public spaces across NSW.

The Baird Government’s preferred model is a cost-effective scheme in which consumers, or a charity of their choice, receive a small financial reward for depositing a drink container in a reverse vending machine; but is also open to better alternatives.
“We want to help communities look after their local environment by being better equipped to tackle litter and increase recycling,” Mr Baird said.

“We estimate that at least 800 reverse vending machines will be installed across NSW – offering communities the opportunity to be rewarded for contributing to positive environmental outcomes in the places where they are most needed.”

Mr Stokes said the government has decided that a state-based scheme, using reverse vending machines and targeting containers that are predominantly consumed away-from-home, will be both cost efficient and effective.
For more information, visit the NSW Government website.
Contaminated Sites Act gets the tick
Environment Minister Albert Jacob recently tabled the report on the review of the Contaminated Sites Act 2003 in State Parliament.
Since the Act came into effect in 2006 more than 3,500 known or suspected contaminated sites have been reported to the Department of Environmental Regulation and its predecessor, the Department of Environment and Conservation.

More than 60 written submissions were received during the two consultation period for the review of the Act. Mr Jacob said that some minor areas for improvement have been identified and many of the issues raised were of an administrative or technical nature, which can be addressed through guidance updates.
For more information and to read the Minister’s Media Statement, visit the Department of Environment Regulation website.
The Department of Environment Regulation will face a parliamentary inquiry to determine whether the regulator effectively managed pollution from composter Bio-organics.
Bio-organics had obtained an environmental license in 2002 for a composting facility that treated vegetative organics, however the site was also allowed to use biological activators including grease trap oils and brewery liquids.

In June 2014 Bio-organics had its environmental licence revoked following an investigation that found the company was accepting a range of hazardous waste materials on sites.

Bio-Organics director Ben Avila said he welcomed the inquiry. His company, which denies causing pollution, has appealed the Department of Environment Regulation’s decision to revoke its license.
Starting in July 2015, New York City will join more than 100 jurisdictions in the U.S. that have banned expanded polystyrene foam packaging.
Following consultation with industry, non-profits, vendors and other stakeholders, the New York Department of Sanitation has determined that Expanded Polystyrene Foam cannot be recycled, which led to the ban. The Department also determined that there currently is no market for post-consumer polystyrene collected in a kerbside metal, glass, and plastic recycling program.
As a result of the ban, manufacturers and stores may not sell or offer single-use foam items such as cups, plates, trays, or clamshell containers in the City. The sale of polystyrene loose fill packaging, such as “packing peanuts” is also banned.
For more information please click here.
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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