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In Brief: Carbon leads new waste board

THE members of Western Australia’s new statutory waste authority, Waste Smart WA, were formally announced last week, with Barry Carbon to be chairman. The authority’s key goals include developing a state-wide, long-term strategy for the continuous improvement of waste services, waste avoidance and resource recovery. This will include setting targets for waste reduction and resource recovery and the diversion of waste from landfill. “The waste authority will have an important role in advancing product stewardship and extended producer responsibility in WA,” Environment Minister David Templeman said. The authority’s members are led by Mr Carbon, who was previously chairman of the Waste Management Board and the Environmental Protection Authority. Its members include consultant Jan Grimoldby, Carolyn Jakobsen, who is also a member of Swan River Trust, Thiess Services western region general manager Marcus Geisler, and Professor Paul Hardisty, global director Sustainability and EcoNomics for Worley Parsons. Professor Hardisty has more than 20 years’ experience in the environmental field and is a recognised expert in the investigation and remediation of contaminated sites and groundwater, and the behaviour of organic chemical wastes in the natural environment.

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