Review of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007

Closed 25 Nov 2020

Opened 2 Sep 2020


The Government of Western Australia has released a discussion paper and is seeking feedback on the review of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007, the principal legislation for waste management in Western Australia.

The Act requires that the legislation be reviewed every five years. The review seeks to consider the effectiveness of the legislation in meeting its objectives for reducing waste and encouraging resource recovery and its alignment to the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030.

Key areas of focus in the review include:

  • recommendations from the 2016 Auditor General and 2018 Public Accounts Committee reports, which outlined areas where waste management could be improved through potential changes to the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007
  • legislative changes to support the container deposit scheme Containers for Change and future extended producer responsibility schemes
  • legislative powers relating to the making of subsidiary legislation, and changes to support effective waste management and compliance and enforcement.

This review follows recent consultations on reforming the waste regulatory framework and management approaches. Examples include the release of two waste reform papers Closing the loop: Waste reforms for a circular economy and the Review of the Waste Levy in February 2020.

You are invited to share your views on the effectiveness of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007, by making a submission to the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) by 25 November, 2020.  Your feedback will help inform the review of the legislation and the proposals for reform.


Please see below for related document:

Discussion Paper WARR Act Review

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About making a submission

If you make a submission, please be aware that in doing so, you are consenting to it being treated as a part of a public document. Your name will be published; however, your contact address will be withheld for privacy. If you do not consent to your submission being treated as part of a public document, you should either mark it as confidential, or specifically identify what information you consider to be confidential, and include an explanation. Please note that even if your submission is treated as confidential by the department, it may still be disclosed in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 1992, or any other applicable written law. The department Regulation reserves the right before publishing a submission to delete any content that could be regarded as racially vilifying, derogatory or defamatory to an individual or an organisation.


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