The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act) established the Waste Authority to provide advice to the Minister for Environment and administer the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account (WARR Account).
In February 2019, the Minister for Environment, Hon Stephen Dawson MLC released the Western Australian Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (Waste Strategy). The Waste Strategy outlines this vision:
“Western Australia will become a sustainable, low-waste circular economy in which human health and the environment are protected from the impacts of waste.”
This vision is supported by the three following objectives which reflect the waste hierarchy, whereby waste avoidance is the most preferred outcome and disposal is the least preferred:
- Avoid – Western Australians generate less waste;
- Recover – Western Australians recover more value and resources from waste; and,
- Protect – Western Australians protect the environment by managing waste responsibly.
The Waste Authority’s objectives and priorities in 2019-20 and for the subsequent four financial years align directly with the objectives of the Waste Strategy and are guided by the Action Plan which focuses on the highest priority strategies.