The Western Australian Government is committed to reducing waste, and increasing resource recovery across the State.
The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (Waste Strategy 2030) was released in February 2019 and outlines approaches to minimise the production of waste and promote waste material recovery, to support Western Australia transforming to a circular economy.
On 9 August 2019, at the Council of Australian Government’s meeting, state and territory leaders agreed to establish a timetable to ban the export of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres, to support increased recycling capacity in Australia and a transition to a national circular economy.
Transitioning to a sustainable, low-waste, circular economy in Western Australia will minimise risks to human health and the environment from the impacts of waste.
It will also create opportunities to improve local recycling activities and businesses, which can support local jobs, and minimise unnecessary transport of waste.
The waste reform process and the legislative options in this paper have been developed in direct alignment with the Waste Strategy 2030 to protect human health and the environment from waste, and support a shift to a circular economy in Western Australia.
This discussion paper seeks feedback on detailed legislative proposals to improve waste management and support a circular economy for Western Australia.
Waste reform options outlined in this paper will be of primary interest to waste industry stakeholders, including occupiers of landfill and waste storage premises.
Following the public consultation period, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) will analyse submissions and make recommendations to the Minister for Environment.
Stakeholder consultation promotes transparency, improves legislative design and ensures risks are identified. It also allows innovative legislative options to be explored in a Western Australian context.
This consultation provides an opportunity for key waste stakeholders to raise issues, concerns and opportunities about the proposed legislative options, and provide information on potential impacts on businesses, the community and government.