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WMAA Industry POsition Statement


Responses to the WMAA Industry Position Statement are coming in from political parties ahead of the Federal Election on 2 July 2016.

At time of writing, the Greens have indicated support for the WMAA Industry Statement, with the exception of an exclusion of the solid waste industry from a carbon pricing mechanism. The Australian Labor Party, on the other hand, takes a more limited line on supporting improved inter departmental links and better communication between industry and levels of government to support the industry’s role in transitioning to a low pollution economy.

To date, no response from the Coalition Government and Senator Nick Xenophon has been received.

A dint in the industry’s image

Landfill


The UK CIWM Journal Online (23 June 2016) reports a survey that showed almost three quarters of people would oppose a waste facility in their local area, while less than two in ten would support it. The survey of 2,005 British adults found that significantly more people would be more willing to support an application for fracking than for a waste plant in their local area.

A survey such as this, points to the need for better community education of the benefits of a waste and resource recovery industry.

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ENVIRO Keynote Sessions

ENVIRO Keynote Sessions

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) and the Australasian Waste & Recycling Expo (AWRE) are collaborating to present the ‘ENVIRO Keynote Sessions’ featuring national and international speakers. A leading panel of cross-industry experts will come together to discuss innovation, best practice and the future of sustainability. The session will run from 2.30pm-4.30pm on Wednesday 10 August and will include entry to the AWRE Cocktail Party that evening.

WMAA Members can now book ENVIRO Keynote Session passes online with a special 20% member discount.

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Community Engagement – key to success

SA Stakeholder Engagement Seminar


On Tuesday 28 June 2016, the WMAA SA Branch held a successful Breakfast Seminar focusing on Community Engagement: Getting people on board with waste and recycling.

The breakfast seminar, which set out to define community engagement and its importance to the waste and recycling industry, attracted 33 attendees.

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Safeguard mechanism resource available

Clean Energy Regulator


The Clean Energy Regulator held safeguard mechanism workshops in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane during April and May 2016.

The workshops were designed to inform and advise corporations of their obligations under the safeguard mechanism.

A copy of the presentation is now available for downloading from the Clean Energy Regulator's website.

WMAA 2016 Energy from Waste Conference

Amendments to regulations (WA)

Updates


Amendments to the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Levy Regulations 2008 and the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Regulations 2008 will take effect from 1 July 2016, and aim to improve the accuracy of weight and volume estimations of waste received and disposed to landfill premises and enable more accurate calculation of the landfill levy.

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OTHER NEWS: Charities get rebate for landfill costs and other help to deal with unsuitable donations

Charities


The WA Government has announced a rebate for charities that are forced to spend thousands of dollars every year sending unsuitable donations to landfill.

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Inside Waste

OTHER NEWS: Most European countries see construction as circular economy priority, report reveals (Europe)

Construction


Based on a survey of 32 of the 39 EEA member and co-operating countries, the ‘More from less - material resource efficiency in Europe’ report takes an in-depth look at national resource efficiency policy approaches, with the main objective of encouraging countries to share information and their experiences in the development of a circular economy across Europe.

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OTHER NEWS: $8 Billion Waste - Australia throws away one in five bags of food

Food waste

For every five bags full of groceries brought into the average Australian home, one is thrown out.

The sheer scale of food wastage is staggering. Uneaten food sitting in suburban bins makes up part of our nation's multi-billion dollar waste problem, yet one in six Australians still experience food insecurity.

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