Pilbara-Broome Waste Study

This study was commissioned to analyse the breakdown of waste generated, and how it is treated or disposed in the Pilbara and Broome regions. This report forms part of the Authority’s strategic review of waste management infrastructure. Waste types and quantities have also been projected up to the year 2035 to align with the Department of Planning’s planning framework.

Some key aspects of the report

The current waste management systems in the Pilbara and Broome rely heavily on local landfills, many of which were established more than a decade ago, before the generation of modern best practice siting, design and operational standards.

The advancement of the resource sector has resulted in a number of issues for the current waste management systems within the Pilbara, such as:

  • Large increases in the quantity of waste material requiring management and treatment
  • Generation of more complex waste streams with materials that require specialist transportation and treatments
  • Industry desire for improved services including more sustainable waste treatment options, particularly for hazardous wastes.

The key issue highlighted in the report is that a deficit in waste disposal and treatment capacity is placing significant operational demands on industry (generators, processors and Local Governments).

The report provides a sound basis for future strategic management of waste that includes improved resource recovery. Local Government and industry now have access to up to date information to guide investment in waste infrastructure that will support industry and the wider community in the Pilbara Region.

The Pilbara Development Commission, will drive and facilitate the implementation of requirements to address waste management infrastructure needs in the Pilbara, with the provision of advice and technical information from the Waste Authority.

The Authority’s Regional Funding Program will facilitate increased regional recycling through the Shire of Broome.

The Authority acknowledges the support for this study provided by local governments, the resources and waste management industries.

For enquiries please contact:

Wendy Muir
Manager Strategic Partnerships
Office of the Waste Authority
6467-5445 or wendy.muir@der.wa.gov.au.

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