Queensland Waste Levy Queensland Waste Levy

The Queensland Government is developing a new resource, recovery and waste strategy to help reduce the disposal of waste to landfill, increase recycling rates and recover valuable resources.

The centrepiece of the strategy will be a waste disposal levy.

 

Who is introducing the levy?

The Queensland State Government is introducing the levy.

 

When does the levy start?

From July 1 2019

 

What does the levy mean to my residential household?

The levy does not apply to wheelie bin waste or self-hauled. However, there will be significant costs to the community to implement the waste levy.

The 105 percent rebate also does not cover the significant additional costs to implement and operate the Waste Levy each year, or the new infrastructure costs Council is incurring. 

Council and the Mount Isa community are expecting to pay approximately: 

·         $ 3,000,000 per year to the State in Waste Levy payments;

·         $ 1,250,000 per year in additional staff costs and general operations for Council; 

And, implementation costs of approximately: 

·         $ 2,400,000 in necessary new infrastructure and plant; and

·         $    300,000 for staff, software and training to setup the Waste Levy at Mount Isa. 

 

What does the levy mean for my business?

Business will pay a waste levy. To reduce levy charges, businesses are encouraged to reduce  waste generation and recycle as much as possible. The Queensland Government has helpful resources available here.

 

Where to find help:


The ecoBiz program is a free initiative funded by the Queensland Government that helps businesses save money across their energy, water and waste bills by providing free tailored advice on reducing business waste, energy and water. 

Planet Ark Business Recycling provides
useful tips for reducing waste.
www.businessrecycling.com.au
 

The intent of the levy is to reduce waste going to landfill. Everyone is encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle. Council recommends to dispose of your waste prior to the Levy coming in to help save on costs. 


 
What you should do now:

 

 
DOMESTIC
Domestic Waste disposal costs will not be affect by the Waste Levy - there will be no direct cost for kerbside wheelie bin collections or self-haul loads taken into Waste Facilities.

BUSINESSES
The intent of the levy is to reduce waste going to landfill. Everyone is encouraged to reduce, reuse and recycle. Council recommends to dispose of your waste prior to the Levy coming in to help save on costs. 
 
Businesses are encouraged to:
 
• Dispose of any waste that needs to go to landfill prior to the 1 July, 2019
• Increase their recycling efforts 
• Consider options when purchasing items that reduce waste generation
 

 

How much is the levy?

The levy rate starts at $75.00 per tonne excluding GST. To find out more about levy rates visit the Queensland Government’s waste disposal levy page.

 

Are there any exemptions or discounts on the levy?

Some waste will be exempt from the levy, such as waste from natural disasters and waste collected from around charity bins. The Queensland Government has more information on waste that is exempt from the levy.

 

Will the waste levy mean an increase in illegal dumping?

Unfortunately, this may be the case. Find out more about illegal dumping and how to report illegal dumping. You can also report it straight to us at Council via this online form: http://www.mountisa.qld.gov.au/report-illegal-dumping


How will the community be informed of these changes?

Council will continue to update this page, and work with local media to distribute news. We will create fact sheets and use social media and hard copy distribution to share information. We will soon begin meetings and forums for stakeholders including businesses and communtity groups to further discuss opportunities for waste reduction.