The reviews present the quantity of all materials recycled, total waste generation and diversion for each financial year. Data is gathered from a variety of sources including the direct survey of material recyclers, other industry surveys and export data.
Information presented in the Recycling Activity Review provides a basis for assessing the state’s performance against the targets set in the waste strategy, assessing the performance of Western Australia against other jurisdictions, and contributes to the measurement of national recycling activity.
From 2020, the voluntary survey of recyclers will be replaced by reporting requirements under regulation 18C of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Regulations 2008.
In 2019 the State Government released the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (waste strategy). The three core objectives of the new strategy are:
- avoid - Western Australians generate less waste
- recover - Western Australians recover more value and resources from waste
- protect - Western Australians protect the environment by managing waste responsibly.
Performance against these objectives are to be measured by a range of performance indicators which include waste minimisation, resource recovery and protect targets. The 2014–15 financial year will be used as the baseline against which the targets are measured.