WMAA 2017 Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards announced


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2017 ALTS Awards
L to R: Mike McConnell, National Product Manager – Projects, Wastech Engineering Pty Ltd; Kevin Flanagan, General Manager - Water and Waste Services, Toowoomba Regional Council; Gayle Sloan, CEO, WMAA; Troy Uren, Manager - Waste Services, Toowoomba Regional Council; Melissa Pearce, Project & Operations Officer, Dulverton Waste Management & Phil Carbins, President ALOA

The Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) announced the winners of the 2017 National Landfill & Transfer Stations Innovation and Excellence Awards at the 2017 Australian Landfill & Transfer Stations Conference.

The awards were established by WMAA in 2007 to showcase the best that landfills and transfer stations have to offer, with the aim of commending sites that are exceptional, and encourage best practice in operations.

The awards were judged according to a specific set of criteria by respected experts who kindly donated their time and extensive experience.

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Have your say: CDS MRF Protocol Consultation


The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) is preparing a container deposit scheme 'Processing Refund Protocol' as referred to in s28 of Schedule 1 of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment (Container Deposit Scheme) Act 2016. The aim of the protocol is to allow Material Recovery Facilities operators to claim the refund on eligible containers directly from the Scheme Coordinator by using an accurate and statistically valid estimate of the number of eligible containers collected in the MRF and sent for recycling, without having to separately count each individual container. A copy of the protocol consultation draft is attached to this email.

WMAA invites NSW members to provide written comment on the consultation draft by COB Monday 10 April 2017. Comments should be directed to gayle@wmaa.asn.au

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Opportunity for WMAA YPs

YP opportunity

An exciting opportunity exists for a maximum of two WMAA Young Professionals to be given free entry* to the 2-and-a-half day Waste 2017 Conference.

Do you want to attend the conference, but are finding it difficult to get budget approval? Then this might be the opportunity for you! The Conference team are seeking assistance with 'on-ground' support to help with registrations, enquiries, managing and administering conference sessions, ushering, Q&A sessions and general delegate liaison. In exchange, you get to attend the majority of the conference sessions free of charge and network with the delegates for the duration of the conference.

To register your interest, email gayle@wmaa.asn.au with the subject line 'Waste 2017 Conference - YP Support' prior to Monday 10 April.

*Please note: recipients will need to cover their own costs for travel, accommodation and social events.

Update on the EPA VIC reforms and Five Year Plan


On 16 March 2017, the WMAA VIC Branch hosted a members only session on EPA reforms and the Five Year Plan, with representatives from DELWP and EPA VIC taking part.

The event provided an opportunity for members to gain general information on the reforms, especially regarding the waste management and resource recovery sector, and raise questions concerning the reforms.

The session provided general information on the reforms as well as some specifically focussed on the waste management and resource recovery sector.

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Climate Change Review Discussion Paper Released

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The Federal Government has released a Discussion Paper as part of its review of climate change policies.

The Discussion Paper seeks views from business and the community on the opportunities and challenges of reducing emissions in each sector of the economy, and the implications for policy. This includes the role and operation of the Emissions Reduction Fund and its safeguard mechanism.

The Government invites submissions on the Discussion Paper by 5 May 2017.

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Grants: $1.3 million available to divert organics waste from landfill (NSW)

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Applications for grants worth up to $1.3 million are now open to NSW local councils to introduce and enhance kerbside organic bin collection services.

For the first time, Councils will also be able to apply for funding to trial organics collection services in apartment buildings.

Applications close 18 May 2017.

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Public consultation (QLD)


A public consultation for the proposed new Local Law No. 20 (Waste Management) 2017 and the Public Interest Test Plan is now open.

Written submissions are invited until Wednesday 19 April 2017.

Copies of the proposed local law, the public interest test plan and an on-line “submission form” are available to download free of charge from www.gchaveyoursay.com.au

For more information, please contact Ms Leah Dixon, Waste Strategy Officer, Waste and Resources Management on 07 5581 6844 or  gchaveyoursay@goldcoast.qld.gov.au

Sustainability Victoria announces Waste Education Grants (VIC)


The grants were announced by Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio on Clean up Australia Day:

  • Improving Resource Recovery: supporting waste education through behaviour change projects targeting contamination and resource recovery.
  • Love Food Hate Waste Local Engagement Support: supporting localised food waste avoidance activities.
  • Litter and Illegal Dumping: tackling illegal dumping in green space and littering in retail areas.

Sustainability Victoria will be holding an information session and hosting a webinar in the coming weeks. These will provide an opportunity to hear an overview of each program and to ask the team questions.

Please note that the eligibility criteria for these grants vary.

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Simplify Day 2017 (SA)


The State Government has commenced consultation for its second annual Simplify Day process, focused on cutting red tape and removing outdated and redundant legislation.

To contribute ideas, visit the Your Say website or send feedback directly to simplifyday@sa.gov.au.

You can also complete a short survey about rules and regulations that affect your business.

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Ongoing funding support for recycling efforts (WA)


The Community Grants Scheme (CGS) provides funding for community groups to carry out a variety of recycling projects, including improving recycling in communities and providing education on waste avoidance and resource recovery.

Details on the next funding round and completed project reports are available here.

You are invited to the 2017 WasteExpo (USA)


Event dates: May 8-11, 2017

WasteExpo is the largest trade show in North America serving the $85 billion solid waste and recycling markets.

The event combines industry education with an exhibition that highlights industry products and services for buyers from around the world.

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The 3 Bin Project makes strides

F Jenkins

As the inaugural winner of the Green Industries SA Women in Waste Leadership Award, WMAA member Fiona Jenkins will be visiting Sydney, Portland Oregon and Flanders Belgium this year to speak with some of the world's best recyclers.

Drawing on almost two decades working in South Australia's waste and recycling sector, Fiona will focus on identifying ways to increase kerbside recycling to up to 80%, using variations on the 3 bin system we already have.

Information, including full-length audio interviews with leading recyclers, will be shared on the project website. You are invited to follow along here: www.3binproject.com

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OTHER NEWS: Fast fashion - rivers turning blue and 500,000 tonnes in landfill


In parts of China and India, farmers are predicting the colour of the next fashion season by the colour of their rivers due to run-off from the textile industry.

There are other disturbing statistics on the impact the fashion industry is having on the environment. In Australia alone, more than 500,000 tonnes of textiles and leather end up in landfill each year

Low-cost, low-quality garments mean we are buying and disposing of more clothing than ever. Roy Morgan Research has found 1.7 million Australians are buying at least one pair of jeans in any four-week period.

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