A waste may be declared a priority waste by the Minister, or the Minister on behalf of the MEC, by notice in the Gazette50. The Minister must have reasonable grounds to believe that the waste poses a threat to health, well-being or the environment because of the quantity or composition of the waste. It must also be demonstrated that:

  1. specific waste management measures are required to address the threat, or
  2. that specific waste management measures may improve the reduction, re-use, recycling and recovery rates or reduce the health and environmental impacts of the waste.


  1. Section 14(1) of the Waste Act.