WA exempts waste levy to promotes recycling

In an effort to support recycling and minimise unnecessary regulation, the Western Australia government has amended regulations to ensure sites that accept only clean fill and uncontaminated fill – that meet environmental and health thresholds after testing – are not licensed as a landfill premises or liable for the waste levy.

The use of clean fill and uncontaminated fill will promote recycling, increase diversion from landfill, provide certainty for development and reduce costs – further boosting the state’s economy, according to a government press release.

The amendments to the Environmental Protection Amendment Regulations 2018 and the Landfill Waste Classification and Waste Definitions 1996 (as amended 2018) were undertaken by the state Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) in consultation with experts, industry and the community.

The Landfill Waste Classification and Waste Definitions 1996 (as amended 2018) contain an amended definition of clean fill and a new definition for uncontaminated fill (including threshold limits for physical and chemical contaminants).

“The Environmental Protection Amendment Regulations 2018 gazetted today ensure that clean fill and uncontaminated fill can be used without being licensed as landfill premises or being liable for the waste levy,” Western Australia environment minister Stephen Dawson said.

“This decision provides certainty, minimises regulation and promotes recycling of materials that would otherwise be waste.

“This is a win for business, a win for the waste industry and a win for the environment.”