South Perth MLA John McGrath has defended the State Government’s decision to increase the landfill levies, saying it is a necessary step to reduce waste going to landfill and will support increased rates of recycling, particularly in the construction and demolition sector.
“In Western Australia less than 20% of construction and demolition waste is recycled, whilst the figure is more than 65% in New South Wales,” he said.
“The State Government has decided to introduce this increase from 1 January 2010, rather than 1 July 2009. The deferral of the increase provides additional time for local government and affected industries to prepare for the changes.”
The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Amendment Bill 2009 passed through the Legislative Assembly on 23 September 2009.
25% of the revenue from the levy will be directed towards a Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Account.
The Bill also provides for the Department of Environment and Conservation to utilise levy revenue for broader environmental and conservation purposes. This approach is consistent with the practice in NSW, Victoria and South Australia, which all apply levy revenues to a broader range of purposes than waste management alone.