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Public Submissions Invited To Waste Reform Review

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A review into waste management legislation in Western Australia has proposed reforms to the collection and processing of waste, governance of waste groups and infrastructure planning.

Environment Minister Albert Jacob said public consultation for the review of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 was an important opportunity for stakeholders to have a say on waste management and potential amendments to the Act.

“Much has changed in the waste sector in the last 10 years,” Mr Jacob said.

“The Government has identified areas where further co-ordination, planning and certainty can drive improved efficiency and innovation, especially through the private sector, and support improved outcomes in recycling.

“WA is experiencing a period of sustained growth. Our population of 1.93 million in the Perth and Peel regions is forecast to grow to around 3.5 million by 2050.

“Waste generation for 2012-13 in these regions was around five million tonnes. This is projected to increase to six million tonnes by 2019-20 and to 9.5 million tonnes when the population reaches 3.5 million.

“Our State’s waste management is heading in the right direction but more can be done. For example, waste collection and processing arrangements vary considerably across the Perth metropolitan area and this is leading to inefficiencies.”

Reforms suggested in the review discussion paper include:

  • Creating statutory waste groups in the Perth and Peel regions with compulsory local government membership
  • Giving waste groups the authority to co-ordinate procurement of waste processing services to achieve least cost and to maximise competition
  • Waste infrastructure planning that requires regional and local plans to align to a State waste plan, much as already occurs for other planning under the Planning and Development Act 2005.

The review discussion paper is available at http://www.der.wa.gov.au. Public submissions are invited from December 1, 2014 to February 23, 2015 by email to warractreview@der.wa.gov.au.

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