The Zero Waste Plan Development Scheme (Scheme) is one of a number of new schemes the Department of Environment and Conservation (DEC) has initiated to support local governments with their efforts in moving Towards Zero Waste.
One of the key aspects of the second phase of this Scheme is the development of strategic waste management plans (SWMP) for each local government in Western Australia. The plans will enable local government to commence or improve existing strategies for the achievement of best practice municipal waste management. It is recognised that each plan will be unique, reflecting the different demographic, geographical and social constitution of the local government region. The plan will also reflect the current level of waste management services provided by each of the local governments involved in the formulation of the plan.
To achieve this, it is important that each plan be based on data that accurately represents the current levels of waste generation and diversion activities for the individual local government region. The purpose of this document is to provide local governments, constituted regional local governments and informal local government groups with guidance on how to collect this data through waste audits.