Waste Levy for Charters Towers
From 1 July 2019 the Queensland Government will be introducing a Waste Levy on commercial waste which cannot be reused or recycled.
The new levy will apply to construction and demolition waste, commercial and industrial waste and municipal solid waste.
The levy is $75 per tonne (GST exclusive) and is set to increase annually. The new levy will be an additional cost on top of Council’s gate fees.
Some wastes will be exempt from the levy such as waste from declared natural disasters. Charitable recycling organisations will be eligible to apply for exemptions for waste donated but cannot be used or recycled.
Mayor Liz Schmidt said the Council has no control over the levy and campaigned to be excluded from the levy zone. “A total of 39 councils are included in the levy zone, which covers about 90% of Queensland’s population. We actively campaigned to be excluded, but unfortunately, we have been included.”
The Queensland Government is introducing the levy to encourage businesses to increase recycling and recovery of waste. Around 10.9 million tonnes of waste was produced in 2017-18 in Queensland, with 55% of waste being sent to landfill.
To offset the direct impact on households, the Queensland Government will be providing annual payments to Council to cover municipal solid waste generated by households.
“Council resolved in April not to increase landfill fees for domestic waste at the Stubley Street landfill. Domestic cars, utes, trucks and trailers will remain at the current price,” Cr Schmidt said.
For more information about the Waste Levy visit www.qld.gov.au/wastedisposallevy.
EJH 13 June 2019