Strategic objective three of the Waste Strategy is to develop better practice guidelines, measures and reporting frameworks and promote their adoption.
Better practice is a dynamic concept – accommodating ongoing change in how things are done. While better practice may suggest at a given time and place, a ‘best way’ of doing things, it must allow for this ‘best way’ to be replaced by other methods as technology and procedures improve and circumstances change. In this sense the notion of better practice assumes the operation of continuous improvement.
We need to identify measures that inform better practice outcomes, such as cost per household for a collection service, or the yield of recyclables per household per week, or the percentage of products recovered as a proportion of those sold, in the case of a product stewardship scheme.
We then need to indicate values for those measures that represent better practice. Yield may be identified as a measure that will be used, but then there is a need to determine what value of the yield measure will represent a benchmark for better practice. This is probably best done by identifying high performing systems amongst local or reference systems in other jurisdictions being mindful of the context in which they operate (urban, rural, household size etc).
Significant work is required to determine a set of better practice outcomes for the variety of collection and processing services that operate throughout the State for construction and demolition, municipal and commercial and industrial wastes. This will involve building on existing data collection and interpretation work in an open manner.
The Authority will focus on working with local government and industry service providers to promote source separation and develop collection and processing capacity that delivers better practice outcomes. Construction and demolition (C&D) waste makes up more than half the material going to landfill.
To meet the Strategy targets significant investment in better practice facilities is needed for C&D. The Authority will consider incentives for the establishment of this and other critical infrastructure.
The Authority recognises the need for coordination and cooperation amongst governments to help communities improve their performance against better practice outcomes relevant to their local circumstances.
This document sets out the long term strategic directions and priorities for the State Government and was launched on 6 March 2012.