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Mount Isa preparing to be Waste Levy Ready

With the introduction of the Waste Levy from July 1, Mount Isa City Council are in full planning mode to ensure a smooth transition and minimal impact to the community.


Although it has the potential to have a financial impost on the city, Council are looking at ways to reduce the financial burden and move towards sustainable recycling practices.


Mayor Joyce McCulloch said with business owners potentially the worst off after the introduction of the scheme, Council took the opportunity to brief last night’s attendees of the Commerce North West general meeting to inform them of the changes.


“CEO Sharon Ibardolaza informed the members that the introduction of the waste levy means that commercial waste would incur the proposed levy rate of $75 per tonne, and for businesses to minimise paying the waste levy, they would need to reduce waste generation and recycle as much as possible,” Cr McCulloch said.


“The introduction of the Levy will mean substantial and significant changes within Council’s Waste Management operations and Council are currently exploring options in determining the best way forward for 1 July.”


Cr McCulloch said Council would be accepting and appreciative of any assistance from the State Government ahead of the implementation date.


“The State Government has indicated that Council may be eligible for some Waste Levy-associated infrastructure funding this year. Council has submitted some funding applications for things like security cameras, upgrades to traffic control, improving the internet and software upgrades etc,” she said.


Cr McCulloch said Council had a tight deadline to prepare for the magnitude of changes necessary to implement the levy and would be working closely with all sectors of the community to ensure changes are clearly communicated.


“Along with the other 38 Local Government Areas included in this levy for Queensland, we need to accept this change and we are committed making it a positive one,” she said.


“We want commercial customers to be able to plan ahead for these changes and our waste and recycling team is keen to assist them in understanding the impact of the State Government policy and levy.


“This State Government impost will certainly incentivise recycling and in areas where it has previously been rolled out, higher recycling rates have been led by the commercial sector."


Business community briefing meetings will be scheduled in coming months.


Anyone who wishes to register their information in attending a meeting, or who would like more information can call Council on 07 4747 3200.