Labor has set itself on a collision course with the timber industry and Forestry Minister Terry Redman after vowing to reduce logging in the South West's native forests if it wins the election.
And a Labor government would also move to reinstate a staged ban on water-soluble fertilisers entering the Swan River as the central plank of its plan to fix the ailing system's health.
In an interview to outline her vision for the portfolio, shadow environment minister Sally Talbot said many people were worried the Barnett Government had sacrificed the environment for development.
Attacking the Liberal and National parties' record on the Swan River and recycling, Dr Talbot said Labor wanted to make them priorities.
She said Labor would phase out the use of water-soluble fertilisers by farmers in the Swan catchment and introduce a cash-for-containers scheme to encourage recycling.
More than 10 years after Labor swept to power with a pledge to ban logging in old-growth forests, Dr Talbot said the party would cut quotas further.
A blueprint to set logging quotas for 10 years is due by December and Dr Talbot said it was imperative the document set "sustainable" targets.
"All the evidence that I have seen says that current levels are likely to be unsustainable, particularly in the northern jarrah forest," she said. "The forest won't survive more of the same."
Labor would also move to scrap the timber industry's exemption from threatened species laws, ban using native trees for electricity generation or firewood and develop a dieback strategy.
Labor would oppose a plan believed to be favoured by the Government to burn domestic waste for energy.
Dr Talbot said there were better ways to recycle than a plan to take about 300,000 tonnes of municipal rubbish for a waste-to-energy plant in Kwinana.
Environment Minister Bill Marmion said the Government's protection of the Kimberley was evidence of its green credentials.
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