WA to develop new waste strategy

The Western Australian Government is developing a new waste strategy, and the Waste Authority has a paper to look at opportunities to improve WA's waste and recycling performance which is lagging behind other Australian jurisdictions.

Three key objectives are proposed to minimise environmental risk by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, avoiding the generation of waste, and increasing recycling and recovery of valuable materials.

Launching the consultation paper Environment Minister Stephen Dawson urged Western Australians - householders, industry and government - to act to reduce the amount of waste they generated and look at ways to recycle or reuse waste.

Food and other organic waste makes up about two thirds of the municipal solid waste stream. By avoiding food waste, companies and households can cut costs and reduce the pressure on landfill space.

In 2014-15, on average each Western Australian generated 2,623 kilograms of waste - the highest rate of waste generation in Australia per capita and 19 per cent above the national average.

The new strategy aims to bring WA's waste generation in line with the national average, and new targets proposed in the consultation paper aim to recycle or recover 75 per cent of all waste by 2030.

The waste strategy is open for public comment until March 1, 2018.

More information is here

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