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Waste & Recycle Conference 2019

Waste Authority Chairman, Reg Howard-Smith delivered a presentation at the opening session of the annual Waste & Recycle Conference at Burswood Towers this morning. He joined the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation Director General, Mike Rowe in supporting the Minister for Environment, the Hon Stephen Dawson’s call for collaboration and innovative solutions from the waste sector.

In opening the event, Minister Dawson, stressed that it will require dedication from the community and all key stakeholders in the waste sector to achieve the government’s target to reuse or recycle at least 75 per cent of waste generated in Western Australia by 2030.

Reg Howard-Smith’s presentation focussed on the work jointly underway by the Waste Authority and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation to meet the target in the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 to deliver a harmonised kerbside collection system, which includes Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO), in the Perth and Peel regions by 2025.

Mr Howard-Smith acknowledged the considerable achievements by South West regional local governments which have led the FOGO charge for WA since 2013 and the City of Melville 2018 trial and resultant full adoption of FOGO services. He also congratulated East Fremantle and Fremantle for following suit.

There is some way to go before the targets are met for FOGO services. Mr Howard-Smith provided details on the Better Bins and WasteSorted programs and the Better Bins Kerbside Collection Guidelines that are now being revised, as examples of the initiatives available to support the introduction of three-bin kerbside FOGO services.

The Waste Authority fully supports comments made by the Minister in his opening address regarding Western Australia’s recycling efforts. The Waste Authority will be part of the open conversations between government, local government and industry that Minister Dawson called for so the Western Australia may address challenges facing the recycling industry arising partly due to contamination in kerbside-recycling systems.

Mr Howard Smith said the Waste Data Strategy that is scheduled to be released later this year is key to improved data reporting at a local government level.

“The draft waste data strategy sets out the principles, objectives and specific actions required for sound waste data. It provides information about the principles, objectives and specific actions that will be undertaken by the Waste Authority in relation to waste data. The waste data strategy will also guide the department and the Waste Authority’s interactions and engagement with other stakeholders that are involved in, and critical to, waste data activities,” he said.

Mr Howard-Smith also spoke about the review of the Community and Industry Engagement program that offers grants to Western Australians under the two streams of recycling infrastructure funding and general funding.

The Waste & Recycle Conference is hosted by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, The Western Australian Local Government Association and the Waste Management and Resource Recovery Association of Australia. The annual event has been presented each year for over 25 years and attracts waste specialists from state government, local government, industry not-for-profits. More information is available on the conference website. (https://wasteandrecycle.net.au/)

Grants to help reduce waste

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson today announced a further $1.17 million in funding for projects that will support Western Australia's waste and recycling sector. Read the media release here

New board for WA’s Waste Authority

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Environment announced the new members of the Waste Authority in a media release on 10 July 2019. On 21 August 2019 he attended the inaugural meeting of the new Waste Authority. He welcomed and thanked new members for their interest in being on the Waste Authority and taking up the challenge of delivery on the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 Action Plan in partnership with state and local government, industry and communities.

Waste Authority members discussed a range of issues including a review of progress against the action plan and the Waste Authority's Business Plan. Members discussed actions that require cooperation between the Waste Authority, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) and other government agencies. These inter-dependent actions will be discussed as part of meetings to be scheduled with the Chairman of the Waste Authority, the Director General of DWER and directors general of other relevant government agencies. Members approved a delegation policy to streamline governance between the Authority and DWER. They also discussed the proposed recipients of the Waste Wise Schools' ten-year accreditation program.

The Waste Authority has agreed to meet every two months. The next meeting of the will occur on 30 October 2019, and will be preceded by a breakfast meet-and-greet that is currently being organised by the Western Australian Local Government Association for its members.

Waste Education Calendar 2019

5 February – ‘Reducing Waste in Early Years Settings’ WORKSHOP

Children’s Services Centre, Ashfield

4.30 - 7.30pm

This Little Green Steps workshop is free to attend for all early childhood staff in the Town of Bassendean, Cities of Bayswater, Belmont, Kalamunda, Mundaring and Swan.

Register here

 

14 February – ‘How to be Waste and Litter Free’ WORKSHOP

Broome

9am – 3pm

Learn how to inspire students to reduce waste and litter.

Register here

 

1 March – CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY

School Clean Ups include preschools and primary schools. You can organise a Clean Up for your local school, access educational resources, support one of the campaigns and more. 

https://www.cleanup.org.au/get-involved-as-a-school-or-youth-group

 

13 March – ‘How to be Waste and Litter Free’ WORKSHOP

Millar Road Landfill and Recycling Facility, Rockingham

9:30am – 3:30pm

Learn how to inspire students to reduce waste and litter.

 

 

18 March – GLOBAL RECYCLING DAY

Recognise and celebrate the importance recycling plays in preserving our precious primary resources and securing the future of our planet. The theme for 2019 is ‘Recycling into the Future’. Education materials available.

https://www.globalrecyclingday.com/

 

19 March – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WORKSHOP

Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre, Winthrop

9:30am – 3pm

Learn how to become an accredited Waste Wise school and set up waste wise projects.

 

 

26 March – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WEBINAR

1 – 2pm

This introductory online webinar is for teachers from WA schools who would like to find out more about the Waste Wise Schools Program and how to get their school involved.

Register here

 

30 March – EARTH HOUR

8:30pm

Lights off for climate action

 

3 April – ‘How to be Waste and Litter Free’ WORKSHOP - GERALDTON

Geraldton Multi-Purpose Centre, 254 Marine Terrace

Register here

 

11 April – ‘Reducing Waste in Early Years' LITTLE GREEN STEPS WORKSHOP

Busselton Community Centre 

2 - 5 pm

Open to Early Years educators from the Cities of Bunbury, Busselton & Margaret River.

http://www.littlegreenstepswa.org.au/

 

5 – 11 May – INTERNATIONAL COMPOST AWARENESS WEEK

A week of activities, events and publicity to improve awareness of the importance of compost, a valuable organic resource, and to promote compost use, knowledge and products.

https://www.compostweek.com.au/

 

14 May – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WEBINAR

1 – 2pm

This introductory online webinar is for teachers from WA schools who would like to find out more about the Waste Wise Schools Program and how to get their school involved.

Registrations open April

 

21 May – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WORKSHOP

Prime House, Joondalup, and Tamala Park landfill

9am – 3pm

Join us to learn how to make your school waste wise and participate in a tour of Tamala Park landfill site and education centre.

Registrations open April

 

22 May – INTERNATIONAL DAY FOR BIOLOGICAL DIVERSITY

The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

https://www.cbd.int/idb/default.shtml

 

31 May – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WORKSHOP – ALBANY

Venue TBC

 

5 June – WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY

The UN day for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Schools can celebrate in many ways with activities such as clean-ups, concerts, parades, tree planting and more. This year the focus is ‘Beat Plastic Pollution”.

http://worldenvironmentday.global/

 

1 – 31 July – PLASTIC FREE JULY

Join the challenge and ‘Choose To Refuse’ single-use plastic during July. Register via the link below. Waste Wise Schools also runs a competition each year so keep an eye out for that.

https://www.plasticfreejuly.org/

 

3 July – INTERNATIONAL PLASTIC BAG FREE DAY

A unique opportunity to spread the word that a plastic bag free world is possible and that sound environmental alternatives to single-use plastic bags are available.

https://www.plasticbagfreeday.org/

 

26 July – SCHOOLS TREE DAY

Each year, around 3,000 preschools, kindergartens, primary and high schools across Australia take part in Schools Tree Day.

https://treeday.planetark.org/schools/

 

6 August – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WORKSHOP

Canning River Eco Education Centre, Cannington

9:30am – 3pm

Learn how to become an accredited Waste Wise school and set up waste wise projects.

Registrations open June

 

10 – 18 August – NATIONAL SCIENCE WEEK

An annual celebration of science in Australia, an opportunity to join together to enjoy and explore the wonders and benefits of science.

https://www.scienceweek.net.au/

 

19 – 25 August – KEEP AUSTRALIA BEAUTIFUL WEEK

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.

https://www.kabc.wa.gov.au/campaigns/keep-australia-beautiful-week

 

October Date TBC – Switch Your Thinking – YOUNG REINVENTOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

https://www.switchyourthinking.com/our-projects/young-reinventor-of-the-year/

 

19 Oct – 20 Oct – GARAGE SALE TRAIL

Run a garage sale to encourage reuse and repurposing of unwanted goods. Sign up to the website to create your own sale page and access resources.

https://www.garagesaletrail.com.au/

 

7 Oct – 15 Nov – SCHOOLS RECYCLE RIGHT CHALLENGE

Planet Ark provide free recycling activity guides, lesson plans and Australian school event ideas, designed to engage students and teachers to learn by doing and having fun.

https://schoolsrecycle.planetark.org/

 

22 October – Waste Wise Schools Introductory WEBINAR

Online

1:00pm - 2:00pm

Learn how to become an Accredited Waste Wise school and set up waste wise projects.

Registrations open September

 

26 Oct – 3 November – CASTAWAY SCULPTURES (Rockingham)

Celebrating artistic innovation and environmental awareness, this outdoor sculptural exhibition will showcase more than 50 sculptural artworks from Western Australian artists created from recycled and repurposed materials.

http://rockingham.wa.gov.au/Community/Art-and-culture/Castaways/About-the-Castaways-competition

 

7 November – OUTDOOR CLASSROOM DAY

When teachers take learning outdoors they report some powerful impacts: children’s behaviour improves, whole classes are excited to learn, and individuals who feel inhibited by the curriculum often thrive in an outdoor environment. 

https://outdoorclassroomday.com.au/

 

11 – 17 November – NATIONAL RECYCLING WEEK

Many sites offer activities on recycling for schools. You can register your participation with Planet Ark’s Recycle Right Challenge.

https://schoolsrecycle.planetark.org/

 

5 Dec – WORLD SOIL DAY

Be the Solution to Soil Pollution invites you to rethink our consumption patterns, reusing and recycling for a world free of pollution.

http://www.un.org/en/events/soilday/