Strategic Waste Infrastructure Planning

Long term planning for waste management at a State level is a priority for the Waste Authority, and is the basis of  Strategic Objective 1 of the Waste Strategy.

The Western Australian Waste Strategy: “Creating the Right Environment was released by the Waste Authority in March 2012. The Strategy aims to engage the Western Australian community over the next decade in moving to a low-waste society by providing the required knowledge, infrastructure and incentives to change behaviour.

In the Waste Strategy, among other major initiatives, the Waste Authority committed to developing a Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Plan for the Perth Metropolitan and Peel Regions. A Strategic Waste Infrastructure Planning Working Group has been set up to assist with the development of the Plan.

The aim of the Plan is to determine the waste management infrastructure required to meet the needs of the Perth and Peel ‘3.5 million city’ and to assist in achieving the targets of the Waste Strategy. The Plan will also set out the planning, governance and funding instruments required to establish the infrastructure required.

The Waste and Recycling Infrastructure Plan for the Perth Metropolitan and Peel Regions has four interrelated parts:

Planning and Approvals
The purpose of this section is to provide information and recommendations on:

  • The land use planning system in WA, as it relates to waste facilities
  • Environmental and planning opportunities and constraints for waste facilities in the Perth metropolitan and Peel regions, and how these may be increased or minimised respectively
  • Existing land use planning mechanisms which may be used to integrate waste management issues into the WA planning framework, and secure sites for waste facilities.

Facilities and Sites
The purpose of this section is to provide information and recommendations on:

  • The existing capacity of waste facilities in the Perth metropolitan and Peel regions, and likely waste infrastructure needs for 2015, 2020 and the 3.5 million city
  • Potential and preferred sites for development of new waste facilities, including opportunities for co-location, waste precincts, and industrial ecology.

Technology
The purpose of this section is to provide information and recommendations on suitable waste management facilities and technologies for the Perth metropolitan and Peel regions, and assess their potential contribution to achieving the targets of the Waste Strategy.

Governance and Funding
The purpose of this section is to provide information and recommendations on:

  • The settings that influence waste management in the Perth metropolitan and Peel regions
  • Potential changes to current governance arrangements which may be required to meet the infrastructure needs of the region and contribute to achieving the Waste Strategy targets
  • Potential changes to current funding arrangements which may be required to deliver the required infrastructure and contribute towards achieving the Waste Strategy targets.

This work recognises the importance of consulting publicly and presents key milestones. The working group provides updates and seeks feedback at information and consultation sessions.