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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 this 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, in order to protect public health and the environment, waste services will be managed to achieve consistency with the Waste Strategy.

CEO notices

CEO notices have been issued to the relevant local governments and regional councils setting out the requirements and timelines for waste plans and the CEO’s powers in relation to these.

Annual reporting

The relevant local governments and regional councils are required to report on the implementation of their waste plan on an annual basis.

Key dates

The key dates are:

  • 1 April 2020 – Local governments and regional councils can submit their draft waste plans to the department for review by 1 April 2020. The department will provide feedback on draft waste plans within 30 days of its receipt.
  • 30 September 2020 – Final waste plans must be submitted to the CEO of the department.
  • 1 October 2021 – First annual report on the implementation of waste plans for the 2020–21 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.

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 to prepare their waste plans and annual reports.

The department would like to thank all respondents to this consultation. The resource kit has been revised to take into account the feedback received.

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

Waste plan development workshops

To assist local governments and regional councils to prepare their waste plans, the department will be holding implementation workshops on 2 December 2019. The purpose of the workshops is to support your local government/regional council in preparing for and commencing the development and roll out of your waste plan.

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.