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The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (Waste Strategy) includes a headline strategy to "implement local government waste plans, which align local government waste planning processes with the Waste Strategy".

Consistent with the Waste Strategy, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (the department) has exercised his powers under section 40(4) of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Act 2007 (WARR Act), by written notice (CEO notice), to require certain local governments and regional councils to include a waste plan within their plan for the future.

All local governments and regional councils in the Perth and Peel regions and major regional centres (cities of Albany, Busselton, Bunbury, Greater Geraldton and Kalgoorlie-Boulder; and Bunbury-Harvey Regional Council) that provide waste services are required to prepare a waste plan outlining how waste services will be managed, to achieve consistency with the Waste Strategy and protect public health and the environment.

CEO notices

Two CEO notices have been issued to the relevant local governments and regional councils:

  • The first notice, issued in November 2019, set out the requirements and timelines for waste plans and the CEO’s powers in relation to these.
  • The second notice, issued in May 2020, revised the key deadlines for waste plans (see ‘Key dates’ section).

Annual reporting

The relevant local governments and regional councils are required to report on the implementation of their waste plan annually (see ‘Key dates’ section). The department will keep local governments informed about any developments in relation to the annual reporting process.

Key dates

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact this has had on local government operations, the original waste plan submission deadlines have been extended. The new key dates are:

  • 30 September 2020 – Local governments and regional councils can submit their draft waste plans to the department for review by 30 September 2020. The department will provide feedback on draft waste plans within 30 days of receipt.
  • 31 March 2021 – Final waste plans must be submitted to the CEO of the department.
  • 1 October 2022 – First annual report on the implementation of waste plans for the 2021–22 financial year is due.

To ensure consistency with the Waste Strategy, reviews of waste plans will take place following the review and release of the strategy approximately every five years.

Guidance

The department has prepared the following resources to assist with the development of waste plans:

Individualised templates for preparing waste plans have been issued to the relevant local governments and regional councils.

Monthly broadcasts are sent to local governments and regional councils to provide any additional information on processes and timeframes related to waste plans.

Consultation

The department concluded a 12-week consultation period on the waste plans resource kit (consisting of a guidance document, templates and a self-assessment checklist) in September 2019. The purpose of the consultation was to seek input on how these resources might be improved to better assist local governments and regional councils in preparing their waste plans and annual reports.

To see our response to feedback received, please read the following documents:

Further assistance

Please email any queries to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 08 6364 7000.