Broome Waste Strategy

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The Shire of Broome wants to hear your views about waste and recycling services in the region.

Waste management within the Shire is undergoing major changes. The Shire’s only landfill is coming to the end of its operational life and a new best practice Regional Resource Recovery Park is under development.

The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery (WARR) Strategy 2030(PDF, 6MB) was released by the WA government in 2019 to guide the state in becoming a sustainable, low-waste circular economy. The key focus of the strategy is to generate less waste, recover more value and resources from waste, and protect the environment by managing waste responsibility. Local governments are to align services and activities with this strategy.

To align with the State waste targets and objectives a Waste Strategy is required to guide the direction and resourcing of waste management in the Shire of Broome through to 2030.

The Shire cannot achieve improved waste management outcomes on its own and needs commitment from the community. To guide the actions and outcomes of the Broome Waste Strategy, we are undertaking a survey to better understand the community’s knowledge and views on waste and recycling and guide the vision and direction of the Strategy.

The survey can be found by clicking here, takes about 3-5 minutes and any answers you provide are confidential.

Your input is important to shape the Shires future vision and actions regarding waste and we thank you for taking the time to undertake this survey.

Frequently Asked Questions

How has COVID-19 impacted on the project?

The Shire originally intended to run face-to-face sessions with stakeholders. However, due the development of the COVID-19 emergency and subsequent restrictions in relation to social distancing, the Shire has moved the waste engagement activities to an online format.

How do I make a submission?

  • Feedback and comments will be collected through the online survey.
  • Hard copies are available at the Library, Shire Administration Centre and at the Broome Waste Facility. Surveys can be filled in and submitted at these locations until midnight on August 302020.
  • Feedback can be provided at the consultation webinar.

Why should I attend a webinar?

  • Attendance at the consultation webinar is recommended as it will give participants an opportunity to hear more about the waste strategy, ask questions and provide feedback to shape the vision and direction of the Strategy.
  • The webinars will be held online - when you complete the survey, you will be asked if you would like to participate in a workshop. Through e-mail, a Zoom link will be sent prior to the workshop. Participants will need a computer, tablet or phone to participate.
  • Community representatives are invited to connect to an online webinar to be held on Thursday, September 3 at 5-6pm.
  • Business representatives are invited to connect to an online webinar to be held on Thursday, September 3 at 10-11am.
  • Copies of the presentations will be made available on request through the Shire (email: shire@broome.wa.gov.au).

What is the purpose of Shire of Broome Waste Strategy?

  • The Strategy will provide a link between the targets and objectives of the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 (the Waste Strategy) and our local government waste management activities.
  • It will positively impact our solid waste recovery rates.
  • It will guide waste management service delivery over the next 5-10 years.
  • It ensures community waste needs and issues are identified and addressed in a planned, prioritised and budgeted manner.

Why do local governments undertake waste strategies?

  • Following a government review, it was found that there were long-term benefits for waste management in aligning local waste planning with State plans and strategies.
  • Waste planning is mandatory in the Perth metropolitan area and major regional centres.
  • Adequate forward planning ensures the Shire has sufficient resources to manage waste efficiently.

Does the State Government have a waste plan? What is the State Government doing to address its own waste?

The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy 2030 Action Plan (the Action Plan) outlines the short, medium and long-term activities that the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, the Waste Authority and other State government agencies will undertake to meet the Waste Strategy targets and objectives.

I live outside town and don’t have access to the same services provided for town people. How will the plan address these issues to ensure it’s not a ‘one size fits all approach’?

  • The Shire covers a significant expanse of area, and given this, there are different services provided in different locations.
  • The Shire understands there are different waste needs dependent on location in the Shire and through the strategy is planning to address key issues.
  • To ensure your views are represented it is important that you fill out the survey and/or attend the consultation webinar.
  • In regard to the strategy, three zones will form separate items within the Waste Strategy documentation for management purposes. These zones are:
  1. The township of Broome (area of current kerbside bin collection area).
  2. The Dampier Peninsula.
  3. All other areas out of the township of Broome.

I don’t have access to a computer, how can I participate in the project?

The survey will be advertised in the Broome Advertiser, providing some background and a contact number for those without access to a computer who would like a paper copy of the survey sent to them to complete. Hard copies are also available at the Shire Administration Centre, Broome Public Library and the Broome Waste Management Facility.