The Western Australian Government has encouraged the community to give feedback on two consultation papers on waste reform in WA – ‘Closing the loop: waste reforms for a circular economy’ and ‘Review of the waste levy’.
Comment on the papers can be provided over a 12-week period via an online consultation at http://www.dwer.wa.gov.au/consultation/waste-reform-consultation
The proposed reforms support implementation of the “Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030″ aimed at helping the State Government meet its commitment to having at least 75 per cent of waste generated in the State being reused or recycled by 2030.
Closing the loop: waste reforms for a circular economy outlines legislative proposals to improve waste management in WA including:
- reforming landfill and solid waste storage facility licensing under the Environmental Protection Act 1986;
- reviewing the application of the waste levy at waste facilities, including new measures to reduce long-term solid waste stockpiling;
- targeting illegal waste disposal through new compliance and enforcement mechanisms; and
- strengthening of waste reporting and tracking in WA to ensure the proper disposal of waste.
Meanwhile, the Review of the waste levy canvasses broader strategic issues related to the waste levy’s design, including the geographical area of the levy, and a schedule of future levy rates. To allow time for the review to be completed, the government hold any increases to the waste levy for 2020‑21.
WA Environment Minister, Stephen Dawson explained that becoming a sustainable, low waste, circular economy was key for protecting the environment for future generations.
“The proposed waste reforms outlined in these two papers support the state government’s commitment to increase the reuse and recycling of waste generated in the state and ensure human health and the environment are protected from inappropriate or illegal waste disposal,” he said.