The annual report for 2019–20 was tabled in Parliament on 4 November 2020.
In February 2019, the Minister for Environment, Stephen Dawson, launched the Waste avoidance and resource recovery strategy 2030 (waste strategy), which is accompanied by an action plan that is reviewed annually.
The waste strategy and its action plan provide the State Government, Waste Authority, local government, industry and community with a clear picture of our current waste issues and a roadmap of where we need to go.
The waste strategy aims for Western Australia to become a sustainable, low-waste circular economy in which human health and the environment are protected from the impacts of waste. The strategy has three key objectives: to avoid waste, recover more value and resources from waste, and protect the environment and human health from the impacts of waste.
Together with the Minister for Environment and the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, the Waste Authority are working to implement the waste strategy and remain focused on its three key objectives.
In 2019–20, the Waste Authority delivered several initiatives, including the development of statewide communications and behavioural change campaigns; the delivery of consistent three-bin kerbside collection systems which include food organics and garden organics; and the provision of funding to promote the recovery of more value and resources from waste.
While the challenges and opportunities ahead are significant, the Waste Authority is confident that collectively we are well placed to move towards a more sustainable, low-waste future. We will continue to work collaboratively with our many stakeholders to enable this important vision.