Waste not, want not: Valuing waste as a resource

Discussion paper consultation
Last updated: 25 November 2021

In 2020, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) called for public comments on a discussion paper Waste not, want not: Valuing waste as a resource (PDF).

The discussion paper sought feedback on the proposed legislative framework for waste-derived materials. The reforms aim to provide greater certainty about when materials derived from waste, and applied to land in large quantities, will cease to trigger licensing and levy obligations. 

Implementation of the legislative framework will support the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (PDF) by encouraging use of waste-derived materials to build confidence in recycled products, increase their demand and develop relevant markets while protecting the environment.

Consultation on the discussion paper is closed

The consultation period ran from Friday, 25 September to Friday, 18 December 2020 (12 weeks).

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

The department thanks all respondents to this consultation.

More information

The discussion paper builds on the issues paper Waste not, want not: Valuing waste as a resource (PDF), released in June 2019. The issues paper sought comments on the preferred legislative framework for Western Australia and the discussion paper was the next step in developing the framework. The department has also published a Consultation summary report (PDF) for the issues paper. 

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


Click to see submissions (PDF).