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The Department of Water and Environmental Regulation is seeking public comments on potential waste legislation reforms in Western Australia and has released an issues paper.

The issues paper outlines 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 trigger licensing and levy obligations.

Your comments in response to the issues paper will help us develop a preferred legislative option for waste-derived materials.

Issues paper for consultation

We are calling for feedback on the issues paper (Waste not, want not: valuing waste as a resource).

Consultation duration

The consultation period will run from Wednesday, 12 June to Wednesday, 4 September 2019 (12 weeks). All submissions must be received by 5pm (WST) Wednesday, 4 September 2019. No late submissions will be accepted.

How to make a submission

Please email your comments on the issues paper to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To ensure that your submission is as effective as possible, please:

• support your response with evidence and your reasons including, for example, the benefits or risks that you have identified and particular waste-derived materials you would like to use or supply, and

• where unintended consequences are identified, please suggest alternatives that you believe will resolve the issue.

About making a submission

By making a submission, you are consenting to the submission being treated as a public document and being published on the department’s website.

Your name will be included but your contact address will be withheld for privacy.

If you do not consent to your submission being treated as a public document, you should mark it as confidential, specifically identify those parts which you feel need to be kept private, and include an explanation. The department may request that a non-confidential summary of the material is also given. It is important to note that even if your submission is treated as confidential by the department, it may still be disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act 1992 or any other applicable written law.

The department 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.

Please take careful note of the deadline for comment, as no late submissions will be accepted.