Discussion paper

This paper seeks community input on improving the waste levy. The issues discussed in this paper will be of primary interest to generators and managers of waste, investors and others involved in developing improved approaches to managing waste in Western Australia.

Following the public consultation period, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) will analyse submissions, undertake further investigation and modelling, and make recommendations to the Minister for Environment.

The Government of Western Australian is committed to reducing waste disposed to landfill, and increasing resource recovery across the state. Western Australia’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (Waste Strategy 2030) outlines approaches to avoid the generation of waste, increase material recovery, and protect the environment from the impacts of waste.

The waste levy applies to the landfill disposal of waste generated in the Perth metropolitan area. It increases the cost of landfill disposal, which provides a financial incentive to decrease the quantity of landfill disposal.

Waste Strategy 2030 includes a headline strategy to review the scope and application of the waste levy to ensure it meets the objectives of the strategy.

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