The Waste Authority conducts an annual census of the waste and recycling services provided to households and commercial premises by local government in Western Australia. Information gathered through the census includes the quantity of materials collected, disposed to landfill and recovered by each type of waste and recycling service offered.
Information collected for the census is used for:
The development of policy and programs by the Waste Authority
Monitoring progress towards the municipal waste diversion targets in the Waste Strategy
Reporting to the National Environmental Protection Council on the implementation of the National Environmental Protection (Used Packaging Materials) Measure
From 2020, the census of local government waste and recycling sevices" will be replaced by reporting requirements under regulation 18C of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Regulations 2008.
In 2017–18, 86 per cent of all local governments submitted a census return, all 33 local governments and five regional councils in the Perth and Peel regions participated in the census.
Statewide, local governments collected an estimated 1.5 million tonnes of domestic waste from their residents and reported that 38 per cent of the waste collected was recovered in 2017–18. While average recovery rates were higher in the Perth and Peel regions (41 per cent) compared to elsewhere in the state (28 per cent), the highest local government recovery rate was in the City of Bunbury (61 per cent), which provided a food organics and garden organics (FOGO) third-bin collection system to its residents.