The levy was increased by 300 percent in 2009, with the majority of funds received allocated to general expenditure budgets instead of the previous system whereby all funds collected were used for waste reduction initiatives.
WALGA President Mayor Troy Pickard called for a return to the previous system.
“There are a great number of initiatives which could be implemented should these funds be invested back into waste infrastructure, research and education, all of which are urgently needed,” Mayor Pickard said.
While the sector welcomed the recent announcement for an allocation of $7 million over five years to assist Local Governments with implementing Strategic Waste Management Plans.
“We have presented the Minister with a range of areas that need support which could potentially be funded through monies raised from the landfill levy,” Mayor Pickard said.
“Initiatives include the development of local markets and infrastructure for recycled materials, a needs analysis to address illegal dumping and a campaign to increase recycling rates.”
He believed particularly important was funding for alternative waste treatment technologies, which divert waste from landfill and turn it into products such as compost which can improve our sandy soils.”
Mayor Pickard expressed Local Government’s support for a Container Deposit System for Western Australia as one avenue by which to help reduce litter and increase recycling rates.
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