Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Hon Stephen Dawson MLC

Minister for Environment; Disability Services; Electoral Affairs

    Feedback sought on WA’s waste management legislation

    2/09/2020 2:30 PM
     
    • Feedback sought on the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act)
    • Submissions will help shape proposed changes to the WARR Act and improve management of waste in Western Australia  

    The McGowan Government is seeking community feedback on the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act).

     

    The WARR Act is subject to a statutory review every five years. The 2020 review will consider the efficacy of the legislation in reducing waste and encouraging resource recovery, and its alignment to the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.

     

    Public consultation for the review of the WARR Act will give stakeholders an opportunity to have a say on waste management and proposed changes to the WARR Act.

     

    The review covers a number of key matters, including the findings and recommendations of the 2016 Auditor General and 2018 Public Accounts Committee reports, which raised areas where waste reduction and resource recovery outcomes could be improved by potential changes to the WARR Act and its operation.

     

    The review will also consider the legislative framework to achieve a well-functioning waste collection and processing capacity, especially important in light of the COAG waste export ban.

     

    The COVID-19 pandemic has emphasised the importance of a well-functioning waste collection and processing capacity, and this review will look at what may be necessary to help achieve this.

     

    The consultation process is seeking stakeholder input about issues, concerns and opportunities, and information on any potential impacts on businesses, the community and government.

     

    To review the discussion paper and for information about submissions, visit https://consult.dwer.wa.gov.au/waste-policy/review-of-the-waste-avoidance-and-resource-recover

     

    Comments attributed to Environment Minister Stephen Dawson:

     

    "Western Australia, with strong community support, is moving to improved waste avoidance and management, with greater recycling, recovery and environmental protection, and reduced landfilling, single use items, and resource wastage.

     

    "Waste is everyone's business - individuals, households, neighbourhoods, community groups, schools, small and big businesses, local governments, waste managers and the State Government.

     

    "The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 is the principal legislation for waste management in Western Australia and I strongly encourage everyone with an interest to provide feedback to help shape the proposed improvements to the Act."

     

    Minister's office - 6552 5800