Waste not, want not - Issues paper consultation

2019 public consultation on the Waste not, want not: valuing waste as a resource issues paper.
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In 2019, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation called for public comments on the Waste not, want not: valuing waste as a resource issues paper.

The issues paper outlined possible reforms to support use of waste-derived materials and encourage the use of fit-for-purpose waste-derived materials and WA's move to a circular economy.

The reforms aim to provide greater certainty about when waste-derived materials will cease to trigger licensing and levy obligations.

Consultation on this issues paper is closed.

The consultation period ran from Wednesday, 12 June to Wednesday, 4 September 2019 (12 weeks).

The department’s response to comments on the issues paper is provided in the Consultation summary report.

The department thanks all respondents to this consultation.


  • Alcoa of Australia
  • Australasian Pozzolan Association
  • Avertas Energy
  • Cement Concrete & Aggregates Australia
  • ChemCentre
  • City of Canning
  • Department of Finance
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries
  • Department of Transport
  • Earthcare Recycling
  • Eclipse Soils
  • Enviroclean Victoria Pty Ltd
  • Fremantle Ports
  • Kwinana Industries Council
  • Optamax
  • Peel-Harvey Catchment Council
  • Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale
  • Site Environmental and Remediation Services
  • South Coast Sustainable Alliance
  • The Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia
  • WA Farmers Dairy Council and Western Dairy 
  • Waste Management & Resource Recovery Association of Australia
  • Water Corporation
  • Water West Pty Ltd
  • Western Australian Local Government Association
  • Westmore Corporation Pty Ltd

More information

On 25 September 2020, the department released the Waste not, want not: Valuing waste as a resource: Discussion paper – Proposed Legislative framework for waste-derived materials for a 12-week consultation period, which closed on 18 December 2020.

The discussion paper builds on the issues paper and was the next step in developing a legislative framework for waste-derived material. Further information, including a consultation summary report is available.

Please direct any queries relating to the legislative framework for waste-derived materials to wastereform@dwer.wa.gov.au.