Waste collection in Western Australia has continued its steady increase over the past few years. Despite this trend, the state still ranks behind other major states in waste collection. This highlights the need to implement changes if state authorities want things to improve by 2015.
In order to achieve the waste collection target, authorities need to address the key challenges preventing them from matching the waste collection performance of neighbouring states.
Challenges to Planning
One of the keys to a successful waste collection and management strategy is strategic planning. Authorities need to make sure that Western Australia does not run out of waste processing facilities. The State sees continuing economic and years, which means it needs to prepare to accommodate the need for more waste processing infrastructures, especially in the metropolitan regions.
Challenges to Communication and Awareness
The State has spent more than a decade of behaviour change to come up with a more sustainable approach to waste management. It has continually campaigned for reduced waste generation, increased waste recovery and reduced number of landfills. Data from 2008 to 2009 reveal that Western Australia topped the country in waste generation with 2.6 tonnes per capita. KwikSkips.com.au, a skip bin rental servicing, says this needs to improve in order to reduce the amount of waste dumped in landfills. The State needs to consistently communicate its plans to ensure all sectors – from the government, communities and industries – are aware of their roles.
Challenges to Regulations
Western Australia imposed the landfill licensing and classification system back in 1995 to improve waste management in the region. The system is responsible for ensuring that landfills consistently comply with the acceptance criteria. Right now, the regulatory framework for landfill operation needs to be reviewed to assess its new role – which is the implementation of the landfill levy.
Challenges to the Economy
Optimised and properly managed landfills perform the important role of collecting waste that cannot be recycled. Landfill operations are relatively cheaper compared to recycling plant operations, which mean they hinder the market growth of recycling facilities. In order to create a fair market competition, the cost of landfills would have to rise significantly.
Western Australia’s waste management efforts continue to receive significant support from individuals and organisations across the state, much of which are not reflected on official records and statistics. The State believes that giving these contributors the spotlight can help send a message to other concerned sectors to take part in the drive for better waste management in the future.Read More »