WALGA’s Waste Management Newsletter
Issue 15 July 2021

Waste & Recycle Conference Update

Have you heard? The 2021 Waste & Recycle Conference Program is now available!

We are excited to announce a number of new speakers including the Hon Amber-Jade Sanderson, Minister for Environment; Climate Action; Commerce as well as Michelle Andrews, Director General, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

CASH PRIZES will also be up for grabs so don’t hesitate to register now as Early Bird registrations close on Monday, 23 August.

Get in touch with the organisers at Event & Conference Co. for more details or visit the Waste & Recycle Conference website.
Image credit: WALGA.

Community Sharps Program
Expression of Interest

The Department of Health have commissioned WALGA to implement a Program with the aim of upgrading existing or installing new sharps collection containers in public places.

This Program aims to improve the disposal network for sharps in public places to make it easier to dispose of these items and reduce the risk of inappropriate disposal and the potential for needle stick injuries.

WALGA held two online information sessions in July 2021 to ensure Local Governments were provided with sufficient information and could raise any issues relating to this Program. Responses to frequently asked questions are available here.

The Community Sharps Program Expression of Interest and Application Form is available here. Completed forms must be submitted by 5:00pm on Friday, 6 August 2021.

For further details, please email Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Recycling or call on (08) 9213 2063.

WasteSorted Grant Program NOW OPEN!

Organisations can now apply for a share of more than $1.15 million to help reduce waste and increase material recovery.

Administered by the Waste Authority, the Grants have provided more than $6 million for waste management initiatives in Western Australia since 2017.

Grants of up to $250,000 per project are available for infrastructure development and up to $50,000 per project for waste avoidance and resource recovery education programs. Local Governments, Regional Councils, charitable recycling organisations, peak industry bodies, not-for-profit organisations, and research and educational institutions are encouraged to apply.

Infrastructure funding in 2021/22 will prioritise projects that improve organics recycling, and construction and demolition waste recovery.

Funding for waste avoidance and resource recovery education will focus on materials including food and garden organics, construction and demolition waste, glass, metals, paper and cardboard, plastics, textiles and non-household hazardous waste.  

A webinar on how to apply for a WasteSorted Grant will be held at 10:30am on Friday, 13 August.

Applications close at 12:00pm on Monday, 13 September.

For more information, visit the Waste Authority website, send an email to the WasteSorted Grants Team or call on (08) 6364 6945.

Tidy Towns

There’s still time to register your regional or remote community in this year’s Tidy Towns Sustainable Communities Awards.

The Awards encompass initiatives as diverse as litter prevention, environmental education, preserving heritage, community action and youth leadership. More information about previously submitted projects can be found here.

Criteria for the seven categories are available here and submissions are due on Friday, 27 August.

The awards presentation will take place at Optus Stadium on the Friday, 26 November.

For more information, visit the Keep Australia Beautiful WA website.
Image credit: Keep Australia Beautiful WA.

Containers for Change Update

Checking out at the checkout

The Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) is Western Australia’s independent economic regulator. In 2019, the Treasurer asked the ERA to monitor and report on the effect of the Container Deposit Scheme on beverage prices before commencement of the Scheme and for the following year.

A draft report released by the ERA on 26 July 2021 provided details on price monitoring that was undertaken since the commencement of Containers for Change on 1 October 2020. Results showed that beverage prices increased by less than it cost suppliers to participate in the Scheme and had minimal impact on Western Australians' hip pockets.

A final report will be released after the Scheme has been in operation for 12 months and will include recommendations such as whether monitoring needs to be ongoing.

The draft report is available here.

Donations top $2 million!!!

More than 627 million containers have been returned through Containers for Change and Western Australians have raised more than $2 million for thousands of local community groups by donating their 10-cent refunds since the launch of the Scheme.  

The Return-It Refund Point in Geraldton, has received the most containers of any refund point outside of the Perth metropolitan area and the third highest amount overall in the State.  

Donations in the Mid-West has seen more than $68,500 going to community groups and more than $48,000 to local charities. These include schools, the School of the Air, sporting clubs and the local Rotary Club. 

Read the media release here.
Image credit: Western Australia Return Recycle Renew Ltd.

Keep Australia Beautiful Week

Keep Australia Beautiful Week is a time to raise awareness about the simple things we can all do in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage action to reduce litter.

This year Keep Australia Beautiful Week will be taking place from 16 to 22 August and the spotlight will be on trying to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic to prevent it from becoming litter.

Get your communities involved by:  
  • Organising a clean-up event in your Local Government area
  • Promoting the Keep Australia Beautiful 7-Day Plastic Pledge through your social networks
  • Encouraging individuals, groups and businesses to register to Adopt-a-Spot.
You can find more information by visiting the Keep Australia Beautiful WA website.
Image credit: Keep Australia Beautiful WA.

Bin Buffet

Sulphur Crested Cockatoos have been keeping company kerbside and learning the martial art of bin diving from each other.

In Sydney, these clever locals have adapted so well to the urban environment that they have been observed sampling various vintages of aqua from public drinking fountains and dabbling in degustation dining along city streets.

No longer content with hitting the pavement, the cockatoos are learning from each other to open wheelie bins in order to scavenge for food. A recent study found that the birds are even able to tell the difference between red-lidded General Waste bins and yellow-lidded Recycling bins.

Before 2018, these feathered marvels were confined to just three suburbs in Sydney and within two years this behaviour has rippled out to 44 surrounding areas.

Check out our cheeky friends in action here. For all the bird nerds, the published study is available here.
Pictured: What one cockatoo said to the other 'Remember to high kick with your left leg to get this bin lid over your head'. Image credit: Dr. Barbara Klump/Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior.

Waste is the Word

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