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The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) has initiated a 12-week public consultation period inviting members of the public to offer feedback on Western Australia’s Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.

The strategy outlines objectives and targets aimed at transitioning the state towards a sustainable, low-waste future driven by a circular economy, with a focus on community, economic, and environmental well-being.

Elizabeth Carr, chair of the Waste Authority, emphasised the role of feedback from stakeholders and the community in shaping the draft strategy. “Feedback gathered over the past year has been used to refresh the waste strategy vision and guiding principles, review and update the targets, and define priorities for the next five years,” Carr said.

The draft strategy integrates insights from the Directions Paper released for consultation in 2023 and is further informed by the State Waste Infrastructure Plan, which was published today. 

This plan serves as an initial step in defining the necessary waste and recycling infrastructure for the state’s future, with the draft waste strategy proposing detailed analysis in various areas to support industry investments.

Carr highlighted the importance of public consultation in ensuring that the strategy reflects the views and aspirations of Western Australians and addresses evolving challenges and opportunities.

“Since the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 was released in 2019, much has been achieved by the community, industry, and government. However, there is still much to do to protect public health and the environment and support a vibrant economy,” she stated.

The public is encouraged to participate in the consultation process through online information sessions and workshops hosted by DWER or by submitting written feedback via email to wastestrategyreview@dwer.wa.gov.au by 21 August 2024.

For more information and to participate in the consultation process, individuals are directed to visit the DWER Citizen Space platform at dwer.wa.gov.au

The consultation period presents an opportunity for stakeholders across the waste industry, community, and government to contribute to shaping the future of waste management in WA.

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