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Waste Levy - No change to domestic waste fees

The Queensland Government’s new Waste Levy began this week (1 July 2019) for commercial waste which cannot be reused or recycled.

The levy applies to construction and demolition waste, commercial and industrial waste and municipal solid waste. This includes kerbside wheelie bins and domestic self-haul waste taken to landfills.

“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,” Cr Bernie Robertson said.

“This means for the 2019-2020 period residents will not be charged extra to have their wheelie bin collected or to dump their waste at the Stubley Street landfill.

“For Commercial waste, the levy will be added to Council’s gate fee and will be paid as one fee with the levy portion remitted to the State Government.

“Local business properties provided with a wheelie bin collection service will have a small increase of approximately $0.71 per bin per week, to their annual waste collection utility charge, to cover the cost of the levy.”

The Queensland Government has introduced the Waste Levy to encourage businesses to increase recycling and recovery of waste.

Some waste 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.

Cr Robertson is encouraging businesses to actively reduce waste by reusing or recycling.

“It’s great for the local economy if businesses can reduce their waste and avoid the costs of disposal. If businesses aren’t sure what they can do, there is free help available through CCIQ ecoBiz.” (www.ecobiz.cciq.com.au)

For more information about the Waste Levey visit www.qld.gov.au/wastedisposallevy.

OGG 4 July 2019

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