On 1 July 2019 the Queensland Government introduced a waste levy to encourage the reduction of waste generation and grow the resource recovery and recycling industry. The levy applies to 39 Local Governments located in the levy zone, which includes Lockyer Valley Regional Council. The Queensland Government will provide annual payments to Council in to ensure there is no direct impact on the household from this levy.
Why a waste levy?
The levy is part of a new strategy for Queensland to increase recycling and resource recovery and reduce waste to landfill.
How will the levy be applied?
The landfill levy will be applied to all major waste streams including Commercial and Industrial (C&I), Construction and Demolition (C&D), Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) and regulated waste disposed of to landfills within the levy zone. The annual payment received by Council from the Queensland Government will ensure there is no direct impact or cost for MSW (household waste) kerbside wheelie bin collections or self-haul household waste taken to Council waste facilities. The levy will not be applied to clean recyclable material suitable for resource recovery and recycled.
The State Government waste levy set at $75 (+ GST) per tonne from 2019 is proposed to increase by $5 (+ GST) per tonne on 1 July every year. The levy rate for 2020/2021 was set at $75 (+ GST) per tonne for 1 July - 31 Dec to assist business in dealing with the financial impacts of COVID-19, an increase of $5 (+GST) per tonne for this period was applied from 1 Jan - 30 June 2021.
The levy rate for this period 2021/2022 will increase by $5 (+GST) per tonne on 1 July 2021 for general waste to landfill. The levy increase will also apply to regulated (or hazardous) waste. For more information please visit the Queensland Government website.
What can we do?
The Queensland Government is encouraging all businesses and others to recycle more and waste less.
Where can I find out more?
To find out more about the waste levy please visit the Queensland Government website.