Outcomes of the Waste Authority meeting held on 14 October 2020

Key outcomes of the Waste Authority meeting

The Waste Authority received a presentation from the A/Director, Infrastructure Policy and Governance, Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) on the Perth Cultural Centre redevelopment.  The redevelopment is being led by the Department of Premier and Cabinet, the Minister for Planning and the Perth Cultural Centre Taskforce, chaired by John Carey MLA.  A Request for Quote is currently being prepared for the Masterplan for the redevelopment, with the Masterplan expected to be completed in 2021.

The DLGSC is liaising with statutory authorities within the Perth Cultural Centre district to improve waste management practices towards waste avoidance and resource recovery, including the use of WasteSorted communications and inclusion of waste education content in the new Museum experiences.

The Waste Authority noted the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Annual Report for 2019-20.  The report will be provided to the Minister for Environment for his noting and then published on the Waste Authority website.

A proposal to support further specific HHW permanent collection and storage facilities was considered by the Waste Authority.  Discussions are continuing with the Western Australian Local Government Association, which manages the HHW program on behalf of the Waste Authority.

The Waste Authority discussed its strategy towards achieving FOGO related objectives and targets outlined in the Waste Strategy 2030 and the supporting Action Plan. 

Key issues towards achieving a consistent three bin kerbside collection system, including the separation of FOGO from other waste categories, provided by all local governments in the Perth and Peel region by 2025 and the current reluctance of some local governments to transition to FOGO was discussed.

The Waste Authority noted an update on the rebranding of its waste programs to the WasteSorted branding during 2020-21.  A soft launch of the rebrand of the Waste Wise Schools program will commence in 2021 and transition to a full rebrand in 2022.  This will allow adequate time for the rebranding of all Waste Wise Schools materials including larger resources such as online learning modules, the incursion van and over 500 Waste Wise Schools accreditation signs currently in Western Australian schools across the state.   All other Waste Authority programs have already transitioned to the WasteSorted branding during 2020.

A report on the Roads to Reuse (RtR) Pilot was noted by the Waste Authority.  The report provides key findings on the RtR Pilot Project delivered by the Waste Authority, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and Main Roads WA with support from the Waste Recycling Industry Association WA (WRIWA) and the Department of Health.

Two producers of recycled construction and demolition products supplied material to the pilot. 

The report outlines Main Roads WA experiences in using RtR products and aims to encourage the construction sector, state and local governments and private industry, to use recycled products.  The report is currently being edited and designed and is anticipated to be available on the Waste Authority’s website prior to the end of the year.

The Waste Authority noted the most recent developments of the Council of Australian Governments waste export ban, noting the assessment process of proposals following the recent expression of interest process are now underway.

Following the meeting, Waste Authority members appreciated the opportunity to visit the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council’s FOGO facility at the Regional Resource Recovery Centre in Canning Vale and the REMONDIS Australia facility in Canning Vale.

The Waste Authority extends its sincere appreciation to Brendan Doherty at the Southern Metropolitan Regional Council and Chris Gusenzow, Julie Smith and Justin Pereira at REMONDIS Australia for making these tours possible.  Some photos of the visits are shared here.

The next meeting of the Waste Authority will be held on 9 December 2020.

Created Date:
Mon 19 October 2020

Last Edit Date:
Wed 16 December 2020