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State Government Legislation and Policy

Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007

Waste management is governed in WA by the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act). Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act) and the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Levy Act 2007 (WARRL).

The primary objects of the WARR Act are to contribute to sustainability and the protection of human health and environment and move towards a zero-waste society by:

  • Promoting the most efficient use of resources, including resource recovery and waste avoidance
  • Reducing environmental harm, including pollution through waste; and
  • The consideration of resource management options against the waste hierarchy
  • The WARR Act also establishes the Waste Authority and tasks them with the development of a State Waste Strategy.

Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030

The new Waste Strategy aims to make Western Australia a sustainable, low-waste, circular economy in which human health and the environment are protected from the impacts of waste.

The Waste Strategy, accompanied by an Action Plan, provides a strategic framework for managing waste and guides the Waste Authority in delivering its programs and development of advice to government.

Key points include:

  • Moving all Perth and Peel households to three-bin Food Organics and Garden Organics by 2025
  • Target to reduce waste generation by 20 per cent and increase recovery to 75 per cent by 2030
  • A commitment to use recycled construction and demolition waste as road base under the Roads to Reuse program
  • A strategic review of WA's waste and recycling infrastructure by 2020 to guide future development.

For more information, visit the Waste Authority website to access the WARR Strategy 2030 and Action Plan.

Landfill Levy

The Waste Avoidance Resource Recovery Levy is a fee payable on all waste generated and/or landfilled in the metropolitan region. The Levy is currently set at $70/tonne for putrescible waste and $105 per cubic metre for inert waste.

When it was established, all funds raised through the Levy went into the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account, and were fully hypothecated to waste management activities. This changed with the introduction of the WARR Amendment Act 2009.