Western Australia Commits to Reducing Landfill Waste by 50 Per Cent

Published On December 22, 2012

Western Australia has taken a large step recently towards its goal of reducing landfill waste. Environment Minister Bill Marmion has officially approved the Waste Authority’s business plan to boost the state’s rate of recycling by 20 per cent over the next five years. This means that more than 50 per cent of the state’s waste would be recycled. Marmion, who has allotted $17.2 million in funding for the plan’s first year, said, “The state’s first waste strategy, Creating the Right Environment, was launched in March 2012, outlining ambitious but achievable targets to reduce waste going to landfill.” There are many key initiatives that will be implemented before the end of the year, including a community education campaign to address proper etiquette of donating to charity collection centres, targeted collections of household waste, additional mattress recycling options, increased support for e-waste collections in non-metropolitan areas, and everyday lifestyle changes such as making use of reusable shopping bags.