- The Taskforce will provide advice directly to the Minister for Environment on management of the waste and recycling industry, following China's policy change
To help address the Chinese Government's import restrictions on recyclable waste, Environment Minister Stephen Dawson has established a taskforce to advise on waste management in Western Australia.
The Waste Taskforce was created following consultation with State and local governments, the waste industry and community stakeholders, with the group's first meeting anticipated during the week beginning on April 9, 2018.
The Taskforce will consider its objectives, scope and governance arrangements at its first meeting. It will provide advice on how to ensure Western Australia can weather the storm of the China decision - building on the State Government's commitment to improving waste and recycling performance.
The Taskforce will directly advise the Minister for Environment on recycling market issues and opportunities in WA. This advice will align with national actions to support recycling, the WA Waste Strategy and the promotion of the circular economy. A range of short, medium and long-term opportunities will be explored through the work of the Taskforce.
The Waste Taskforce will be chaired by Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Environment, Baldivis MLA Reece Whitby; and will include representatives from the Waste Authority and Department of Water and Environmental Regulation; local government and regional councils; the waste services and recycling industry; the packaging industry; Aboriginal and community groups; and key government agencies.
Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:
"At a State and national level, the recycling sector is currently facing market challenges caused by fluctuating commodity prices and international policy decisions. This is also having an impact on the cost of waste management services.
"While a national response is important, it is also imperative that local opportunities to support recycling in WA are developed - and the Waste Taskforce will play a critical role in achieving this.
"I am focused on supporting measures which are practical, will deliver tangible results and will complement work being pursued at a national level.
"Supported approaches will also align with the circular economy principles - which I expect will feature in WA's revised waste strategy.
"I look forward to receiving advice from the Waste Taskforce on how we can support a thriving recycling sector in WA."
Minister's office - 6552 5800