Newsletter August 2018

Chairman’s message

It’s been a busy 2018 so far for the Waste Authority, with plenty more to come before the year’s end.

From continued rollout of the Better Bins Program – which now covers more than 40 per cent of the Perth metropolitan region – to increased recycling levels in the construction and demolition (C&D) waste stream, as well as the continuing update of the State Government’s waste strategy, we are working hard to decrease disposal of our waste to landfill – avoiding, reducing, reusing and recycling instead.

More needs to be done in this space, as we often discuss, but we are certainly making great strides towards improved sustainability.

To continue this upswing, one key priority is increasing the use of recycled C&D materials over raw materials to reduce project costs, minimise environmental harm by avoiding transport and extraction impacts, and keep valuable materials circulating through the economy. Such proactive plans will help further boost our recycling rates within this waste stream and promote markets for recycled products. To create markets for all our recycled materials we need to buy and use products with a high recycled content.

The Waste and Recycle Conference 2018 is not far away now, scheduled to take place at Crown Towers, Perth from Wednesday, 5 September to Friday, 7 September.

The Conference, hosted by the Waste Management Association of Australia, Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER), and Western Australian Local Government Association, remains the leading waste and resource recovery event in Western Australia.

The Waste Authority is a platinum sponsor at this year’s conference and will have a manned booth onsite throughout the three-day program. Board members will be in attendance, myself included, to chat with exhibitors and attendees alike, and a range of literature and merchandise will be available at the booth.

I will also be giving a speech on Thursday, 6 September from 9.30am–9.45am, and look forward to seeing you after this or at another time throughout the conference program.

I hope you enjoy this edition of the Waste Authority Newsletter and I’m looking forward to seeing many of you at the Waste and Recycle Conference next week.

Marcus Geisler

Waste and Recycle Conference 2018

The Waste and Recycle Conference 2018 is fast approaching and looks set to be another successful event.

Scheduled from Wednesday, September 5 to Friday, September 7 at Crown Towers in Perth, the conference theme for 2018 is Moving forward with local solutions.

A range of speeches from industry, government and the community will be delivered across the three-day program, including local, interstate and international speakers such as Environment Minister, Hon Stephen Dawson MLC; and DWER Director General, Mike Rowe.

Please drop by and visit us at Booth 36 to find out more about our current and future initiatives – all designed to help make Perth a sustainable, low waste society.

For more information and to view the conference program in full, please click here.

We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Waste Authority funding and grants

Over the last six weeks, a number of Waste Authority grant schemes and funding opportunities have been awarded to deserving community, industry and local government programs and initiatives. The Community Grants Scheme, Community and Industry Engagement program, and Waste Wise Schools grant winners were all announced – with many exciting ways to help reduce, reuse and recycle waste recognised.

Waste Wise Schools

Under the latest round of Waste Wise Schools (WWS) funding, more than $100,000 was awarded to 37 school projects focused on giving students practical tools to divert waste from landfill.

The grants will be utilised by the successful schools to establish waste wise initiatives ranging from worm farms, chicken coops, composters and tools for vegetable gardens to reusable food wraps, waste-free canteens, recycling collection bins and paper-making infrastructure.

Last year, WA's WWS recycled almost 200,000 kg of paper and diverted nearly 90,000 kg of waste from landfill through worm farming and composting. Schools also recycled items such as batteries, mobile phones, ink cartridges, coffee pods and oral care products (toothbrushes and packaging).

Since 2002, more than 600 WWS grants worth about $1.577 million have delivered educational resources for about 162,000 students from 365 schools.

For more information on the program or to apply for accreditation, please click here.

Community and Industry Engagement program

Sixteen WA organisations have received a share in funding totalling $1,005,790 under the latest round of the Community and Industry Engagement (CIE) program.

A total of 17 projects across the State will use the funding to develop key sustainability projects that boost recycling and improve waste management practices.

The 2018 CIE program recipients were:

  1. City of Albany – Behaviour change tools development and food waste diversion trials, $63,290.
  2. City of Busselton – Organic waste study and anaerobic digestion facility concept, $50,000.  
  3. City of Gosnells – Switch off plastics – campaign to reduce plastics waste, $54,150.
  4. Western Australian Local Government Association – Bin tagging implementation, $75,000.
  5. Western Metropolitan Regional Council – Evaluate and amplify community waste education, $75,005.
  6. City of Fremantle – Waste education trailer, $10,500.
  7. Curtin University – Extension of Waste Authority WA funded project 'Sustainable recycled aggregate concrete for various infrastructure applications', $35,000.
  8. Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council – EMRC region greenwaste audit, $25,000.
  9. Garage Sale Trail Foundation – Grow it local – promoting composting and worm farming, $75,000.
  10. Green Skills Inc. – Educating the educators about modern cloth nappies, $8,000.
  11. Murdoch University – Determinants of food waste and opportunities for waste reduction in the retail food sector of WA, $41,122.
  12. Rottnest Island Chamber of Commerce – Engaging Rottnest Island businesses in waste management, $52,406.
  13. Southern Metropolitan Regional Council – Recovery of food organics from multiple unit dwellings, $130,457.
  14. Total Environment Centre Inc. with Boomerang Alliance – Communities taking control – plastics waste reduction engagement program, $100,000.
  15. Cape Conservation Group – The Salty Blue Creation Station for Ningaloo, $58,330.
  16. REmida Perth Inc. – The plastic RE-Invention hubs, $127,530.
  17. Western Australian Local Government Association – Waste and Recycle Conference 2018, $25,000.

The CIE program is designed to support organisations that champion better waste behaviours and community awareness. For more information, please click here.

Community Grants Scheme

A total of 26 community groups received a share of $242,657 in grants under the latest funding round of the Community Grants Scheme (CGS).

The projects – focused on reuse over disposal to landfill – will help increase awareness and education around our understanding of the benefits of waste avoidance, reuse and recycling.

Projects funded include $34,015 for 'The Salty Blue Creation Station for Ningaloo' community recycling centre in Exmouth, which will transform plastic waste into products for resale. The Cape Conservation Group will use this funding to establish a local recycling centre, providing an opportunity for community engagement and education on how to live low waste, with less plastic.

The Ravensthorpe Regional Arts Council's 'Art for Waste Awareness' project also received $7,781 to put together community workshops focused on upcycling marine litter into decorative pieces in an effort to minimise single-use waste.

To view all 26 project winners, please click here.

For further information and updates on future funding rounds, please click here.

*WWS, CIE and CGS are administered by the Waste Authority and funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.*

In the News: Waste Authority & Chairman, Marcus Geisler

Over the past few months, WA’s media – as well as national outlets – have taken a keen interest in the State’s recycling efforts, asking: What is WA doing when it comes to recycling and how can we do better?

This interest has enabled great opportunity to highlight the work of the Waste Authority and DWER, particularly around initiatives such as the Better Bins program and Waste Wise Schools.

Chairman, Marcus Geisler has participated in interviews with major TV, radio and print publications – including Channel 9 News, The West Australian, ABC, 6PR and Triple M – to spread the message about the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling, as well as correct source separation to ensure optimum recycling levels.

Some recent articles include: