The Waste Authority was established on 6th May 2008 with the appointment of its five members. The Authority, which replaces the Waste Management Board, commenced full operation on 1st July 2008.
Some of the main areas of responsibility for the Authority include:
- developing, promoting and reviewing a waste strategy for Western Australia and coordinating its implementation
- promoting community awareness and understanding of resource efficiency, waste avoidance and resource recovery
- working with local government to coordinate local efforts to prevent waste
- administering the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account
- advising and making recommendations to the Minister for the Environment on matters relating to the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007.
The Waste Authority is fully funded through the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account. The Department of Environment and Conservation provides executive, administrative and contract management support to the Authority. The Department of Environment and Conservation also coordinates project specific activities on behalf of the Authority.
The Western Australian Waste Strategy: "Creating the Right Environment" was approved by cabinet and subsequently launched on 6 March, 2012.
This document sets out the long term strategic directives and priorities for the next decade for the State Government.
A PDF copy of the document is available here. A printed copy is available on request by contacting the Authority.
For further information, please contact the Waste Authority Executive Officer at the Department of Environment and Conservation on (08) 6467 5325.