WALGA’s Waste Management Newsletter
Issue 23 November 2021

Quarantine Area for borer expanded
to support surveillance

IMPORTANT INFORMATION. The Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development is responding to increasing detections of Polyphagus shot-hole borer and has declared a new Quarantine Area to stop the spread of these beetle pests.

Establishment of this pest in WA would have considerable impact on amenity trees, native vegetation and industry. Considering the significant efforts by Local Government into increasing urban tree canopy cover, it is important to prevent spread of this pest. There are also potential impacts on the services provided by Local Governments, including verge collections, GO and FOGO services.
Polyphagus shot-hole borer (PSHB) was detected in Australia for the first time in East Fremantle in August of this year and a Quarantine Area Notice (QAN) put in place. A new QAN, has now been issued for 17 Local Government Areas – Cambridge, Canning, Claremont, Cockburn, Cottesloe, East Fremantle, Fremantle, Melville, Mosman Park, Nedlands, Peppermint Grove, Perth, South Perth, Stirling, Subiaco, Victoria Park and Vincent. A map of the Quarantine Area (QA) is available here.
It is important that people living or working within the QA are aware of the restrictions on the movement of wood and green waste from their properties as they could act as hosts and potentially spread the borer
The Department has developed resources to assist Local Governments within the new QA in preparing communications to residents. These materials are available from the WALGA website. Local Governments can advise residents who suspect they have borer damage to trees to make a report by calling the Pest and Disease Information Service on (08) 9368 3080, via the MyPestGuide™ Reporter app (Google Play and App Store), or by emailing the Department.
For further information please visit the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development website, email Incident Controller, John Gilliland or call on (08) 9368 3934.

Image Credit: Pia Scanlon, DPIRD 2021.

Ain’t that Summit!

Thank you to all the presenters, participants and sponsors for a fantastic Great Southern Waste Summit.

The fourth Waste Summit was held in the City of Albany on Thursday 11 and Friday 12 of November. There were a range of different speakers including Local Member for Albany Rebecca Stephens MLA, Michelle Andrews Director General of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, Shelia McHale, Chair of Containers for Change and local City of Albany Superstars Julie Passmore and Ruth March. The attendees heard many different perspectives on waste and one of the highlights was Dr Christel Smit-Kroner, who spoke about the innovative waste management practices underway at the Albany Hospital.

The Friday tour included a site visit to the facility composting the City of Albany’s FOGO material, the Shire of Plantagenet Transfer Station and a perpetual favourite the Denmark Reuse Shop.
WALGA would like to thank the sponsors of the Waste Summit, Containers for Change, Cleanaway, the City of Albany and Shires of Plantagenet, Denmark and Jerramungup.

WALGA will soon be seeking expressions of interest to host future Waste Summits. For more information, email Rebecca Brown, Manager Waste and Recycling or call on (08) 9213 2063.

Image Credit: WALGA.

Cardy the Compactor

The Western Metropolitan Regional Council’s new cardboard compactor is set to reduce 7,200 km of truck traffic and fuel emissions per year.

The compactor’s ability to compress bulky cardboard increases storage and transport capacity six-fold, reducing cardboard recycling trips by approximately 80%. The compactor also keeps the cardboard clean and dry, making it a more valuable commodity than wet cardboard.

Before welcoming ‘Cardy the Compactor’, the team at the West Metro Recycling Centre were on the road 10-12 times a month, transporting 1 tonne of carboard per visit to a recycling facility in Landsdale – roughly a 60 km round trip each time. Now the team can transport 6.5 tonnes of cardboard at once, reducing the number of trips to 2-4 a month to a facility in Osborne Park.

For more information and other exciting news, visit the Western Metropolitan Regional Council website.

Image Credit: Western Metropolitan Regional Council.

Step by step, go FOGO

A FOGO Step-by-step Guide has just been released to assist Local Governments to implement better practice Food Organics and Garden Organics collection services.

Developed in conjunction with the Western Australian Local Government Association, the Guide outlines the entire process, from initial stages through to final evaluation - including timelines, case studies, and funding and procurement.

The Impacts and benefits of kerbside collection systems Perth and Peel Report has also been released and found Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) systems had the lowest cost per tonne recovered and produced significantly lower greenhouse gas emissions than disposing waste to landfill. 

The Report also found Western Australians waste twice as much food as they think. Audits show WA households waste a huge 4 kg of food per week, or $37 worth, despite estimating only two kilograms of food waste. At least 54% of this is food that could have been eaten. The main types of food waste include meals prepared at home (0.51 kg/week), fresh vegetables (0.40 kg/week), bread and bakery (0.47 kg/week), and fresh fruit (0.36 kg/week).

For more information about FOGO and the Step-by-step Guide for Local Governments, visit the Waste Authority website.

Image Credit: Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

Community waste reduction projects
share in $1.4 million

More than $1.4 million in community and business-based grants have been awarded to 21 Western Australian businesses, not-for-profits, Local Governments and community groups.

Congratulations to the following Local Governments who were successful in receiving funding for their diverse range of infrastructure and education-based projects:
  • City of Karratha - Organics Landfill Diversion and Compost Manufacturing ($250,000)
  • Resource Recovery Group (Southern Metropolitan Regional Council) - Increasing FOGO processing capabilities with procurement of larger trommel ($250,000)
  • City of Armadale - Championing Food Waste at the Champion Centre ($6,193)
  • City of Kalamunda - Cardboard Compactor ($18,740)
  • City of Busselton - Reuse Shop at Busselton Waste Transfer Station ($150,000)
  • City of South Perth - Sorting out Recycling on the South Perth Foreshore ($2,373)
  • City of Armadale - Reducing Waste at the Source through Education Workshops ($17,130)
  • City of Cockburn - Cockburn GREAT Sorts Waste Education Program ($16,500)
  • City of Bayswater - Cloth Nappy Rebate ($10,000)
  • Eastern Metropolitan Regional Council - Circular Economy in the Community ($20,000)
For more details about the projects, the Media Statement is available here.

2020/21 State Government Reports Released

Annual reports developed by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation for the 2020/21 financial year are now available. Image Credit: Department of Water and Environmental Regulation.

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