The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Levy Act 2007 (WARR Levy Act) and Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Levy Regulations 2008 (WARR Levy Regulations) provide for a landfill levy for waste received at landfill premises in the metropolitan region and to waste collected in the metropolitan region and received at landfill premises outside the metropolitan region.
The landfill levy acts as an economic instrument to reduce waste to landfill by increasing the price of landfill disposal and generates funds for a range of waste and environmental purposes.
In accordance with the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act), each year the Minister for Environment must allocate not less than 25 per cent of the forecast levy amount to the WARR Account.
Funds in the WARR Account are applied to programs for the management, reduction, reuse, recycling, monitoring or measurement of waste and to support implementation of the Waste Strategy.
A 2011 paper by Paul Schollum through the University. The key purpose of the Landfill Levy in Western Australia is to set the price of landfill so that alternatives such as recycling are more cost competitive. Ideally, the value of the Landfill Levy should be equal to the environmental costs of landfill (otherwise known as landfill externalities). This dissertation has estimated the value of landfill externalities in the Perth Metropolitan Region.