Marlpa Waste Logistics is committed to working with local, state and federal governments and associated departments to develop solutions for the Marlpa (Pilbara) region.
In 2019, Australia exported an estimated 7% of all waste generated, mostly to Asia. In March 2020, the Australian, state and territory governments, and the Australian Local Government Association, as members of the former Council of Australian Governments (COAG) agreed to regulate the export of waste glass, plastic (including processed engineered fuel), tyres and paper. This was in part due to the ban on all imports of solid waste by China from 1 January 2021. By mid-2024 when the full waste export ban comes into effect, Australia must recycle around 645,000 additional tonnes of waste plastic, paper, glass and tyres each year. The Australian Government is investing $190 million into the Recycling Modernisation Fund (RMF) which will be managed by State and Territory governments.
The Recycling and Waste Reduction Act 2020 aims to reduce the environmental and other impacts of products and waste material by setting export restrictions including:
From 1 January 2021, only some types of glass waste can be exported.
From 1 July 2021, plastics that have been either sorted into single resin or polymer type; or processed with other materials into processed engineered fuel can be exported.
From 1 December 2021, bus, truck, and aviation tyres for re-treading to a verified re-treading facility; tyres that have been processed into crumbs, buffings, granules or shreds; tyres that have been processed into tyre-derived fuel.
From 1 July 2022, plastics must be sorted into single resin or polymer type and processed for further use such as flakes or pellets) or processed with other materials into processed engineered fuel.
From 1 July 2024 you will only be able to export paper and cardboard that is processed or sorted to specific requirements.
See Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment – Waste Exports - https://www.environment.gov.au/protection/waste/exports
The Western Australian State government published the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy: 2030 (2030 Strategy) as part of its strategy to promote better waste management practices under the Waste Avoidance and Resources and Recovery Act 2007, and become a sustainable, low–waste, circular economy in which human health and environment are protected from the impacts of waste.
The 2030 strategy includes three objectives: avoid, recover, project. Waste avoidance is the most preferred option, with disposal the least. Resource recovery options recover value for materials, thereby offsetting the environmental impacts of extracting and processing raw materials.
The 2030 Strategy targets are:
Avoid - reduction in waste generation per capita - 10% by 2025, 20% by 2030.
Recover – increase material recovery to 70% by 2025 and 75% by 2030.
Protect – landfill waste in Perth and peel regions is no more than 15% by 2030.
The Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Strategy: 2030 Action Plan sets out priority actions for each financial year. In 2019-20 actions included:
Implementing new waste eight of reporting requirements under the Waste Avoidance and Resource Recovery Regulations 2008 and implementing an online reporting system.
Undertaking an audit of existing waste infrastructure and a needs analysis to determine the waste infrastructure required to meet the objectives and targets in the 2030 Strategy.
Establish a recycling infrastructure support program and identify priority areas for funding to support adoption of waste avoiding practices and/or resource recovery.
The Action Plan sets out the packaged for each government department, which assists Marlpa Waste Logistics to form partnerships for projects with specific objectives. That lead agency is currently the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation in Western Australia.
The 2030 Strategy states that local solutions are completely important in a state as large as Western Australia, where access to markets there is limited, and transport costs and impacts are high. Most waste management facilities are in the Perth Metro area and not accessible to residents in the regions.
Marlpa Waste Logistics have won regional and state waste management grants to expand its services and increase waste avoidance strategies for the Marlpa (Pilbara) region.
From 1 July 2018, Western Australian government departments are required to award contracts to registered Aboriginal businesses, consistent with progressive targets increasing to 3%. The targets apply to all government agencies when purchasing goods, services, community services and works and include Government Trading Enterprises. As a 100% owned and managed Aboriginal business, Marlpa Waste Logistics can help government agencies achieve their targets.
Marlpa Waste Logistics are committed to developing local opportunities and creating a circular economy within the Marlpa (Pilbara) region, to increase local recycling and waste management activities, create local jobs, and minimize the costs and impacts of unnecessary transport.
Waste Authority - Department of Water and Environmental Regulation – www.wasteauthority.wa.gov.au
The region currently referred to as the Pilbara is one of the largest in Western Australia, covering 507,896 square kilometres of unique landscape and represents 20% of Western Australia’s land mass. The region’s history dates back over 40-60,000 years, evidenced by historic rock art and continuing cultural heritage. The region is bordered by the Kimberley to the North East and the Northern Territory to the East. The Indian Ocean border is to the North and Northwest. The Gascoyne, Mid-West and Goldfields regions of Western Australia make up the southern border. The region has three major ports and two airports.
62,841 people currently live in the Pilbara region and a similar amount are Fly-In Fly-Out workers based in mining camps around the region. There has been a 15% growth in population from 2008 to 2018 and this is set to continue due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restriction on international travel. The median age of Pilbara residents is 35 years and 14% of the population identify as Aboriginal, with over 20 different groups represented. The Pilbara Region supports 63,850 jobs, predominantly in mining (45.6% of all jobs), and has an annual economic output of $69.3 billion (73% mining).
The region is governed by four local authorities:
Shire of Ashburton
Shire of East Pilbara
Town of Port Hedland
City of Karratha.
Marlpa Waste Logistics have contracts with local governments, businesses, communities and government departments across the Marlpa (Pilbara) region.