WA unveils new waste strategy

The Western Australian Government has unveiled its new flagship Waste Strategy, with the ambitious target to reduce waste generation by 20% and increase recovery to 75% by 2030.

The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 will see all Perth and Peel households move to a three-bin Food Organics and Garden Organics (FOGO) system by 2025, which the state government says will significantly curb the state’s waste generation.

There are 8 core focuses of the strategy:

  • A consistent three bin kerbside collection system, which includes separation of food organics and garden organics from other waste categories, to be provided by all local governments in the Perth and Peel region by 2025 and supported by State Government through the application of financial mechanisms.

  • Implement local government waste plans, which align local government waste planning processes with the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.

  • Implement sustainable government procurement practices that encourage greater use of recycled products and support local market development.

  • Provide funding to promote the recovery of more value and resources from waste with an emphasis on focus materials.

  • Review the scope and application of the waste levy to ensure it meets the objectives of Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 and establish a schedule of future waste levy rates with the initial schedule providing a minimum five year horizon.

  • Develop state-wide communications to support consistent messaging on waste avoidance, resource recovery and appropriate waste disposal behaviours.

  • Review and update data collection and reporting systems to allow waste generation, recovery and disposal performance to be assessed in a timely manner.

  • Undertake a strategic review of Western Australia’s waste infrastructure (including landfills) by 2020 to guide future infrastructure development.

The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy can be found here.

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