Tenders open for WA container deposit scheme coordinator

The WA Government is seeking applications for a scheme coordinator to implement its container deposit scheme (CDS).

A scheme co-ordinator will establish and operate the collection network and will be responsible for managing the scheme’s finances.

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The successful applicant will be a not-for profit company and be appointed by WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson.

New refund points and container sorting and processing plants will create 500 jobs across regional and metropolitan WA.

The scheme is part of the state government’s undertaking to reduce waste, which includes a ban on lightweight single-use plastic bags and a review of the state’s waste strategy.

Applications are open on the Tenders WA website and will close on 5 December 2018. The scheme will commence in early 2020.

Mr Dawson said Western Australians are overwhelmingly in favour of a container deposit scheme with 97 survey respondents supporting the scheme.

“Appointment of the scheme co-ordinator is a crucial step in the rollout of this container deposit scheme, and I look forward to working with the successful candidate to deliver the best scheme for all Western Australians,” he said.

WA Government seeks opinion on waste strategy

Western Australians are being urged have their say on the state’s new waste strategy.

WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson called on the community, industry and local governments to participate in a series of workshops being held throughout WA in February as part of the strategy’s consultation process.

The workshops will launch in Perth on February 1, 2018 with subsequent sessions in Albany, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland and Geraldton. There will be three workshops in Perth.

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The consultation paper, which is open for public comment, looks at opportunities to improve Western Australia’s waste and recycling performance which the government said is lagging behind that of other Australian states.

In 2014-15, on average each Western Australian generated 2623 kilograms of waste – the second highest rate of waste generation in Australia per capita and 17 per cent above the average of other states and territories.

The new targets proposed by the strategy will bring Western Australia’s waste and recycling performance in line with other Australian jurisdictions.

For more information and to register for a workshop go to the Waste Authority’s website.

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said reducing the amount of waste to landfill can generate significant economic opportunities for the Western Australian community.

“For every 10,000 tonnes of waste recycled, 9.2 full time equivalent jobs are created compared to only 2.8 jobs when waste is landfilled,” he said.

“We want to engage widely with the community, industry and local governments to help make Western Australia a sustainable low-waste society which values and protects people’s health and the environment.”

“These workshops provide an opportunity for all of us to work together to achieve greater environmental outcomes, create employment and build businesses.”

WA Government holds waste roundtable

Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has chaired a roundtable on how waste management could be improved in the state, with key stakeholders sharing their ideas and experiences.

Representatives from industries including packaging, mining, construction, hospitality and beverages took part in the roundtable as well as environmental organisations and local and state government representatives.

The roundtable was established to hear the views of a wide variety of stakeholders on key waste generation and management issues. Their views will inform the state government’s new waste strategy. A consultation paper, which proposes new directions for the waste strategy, was released last month and is open for public comment until March 1, 2018.

“Issues that were addressed included better separation of waste at its source, including food waste in the household, the move towards a circular economy so resources are reused or recirculated in our economy before disposal to landfill and improving the effectiveness of the waste levy,” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.

“A collection of ideas and experiences were shared and I look forward to working with industry and government to continue to improve waste management across the state.”

For more information visit the WA Waste Authority.