Waste Levy

The Queensland Government introduced a waste management and resource recovery strategy to increase recycling and recovery and create new jobs. The strategy is underpinned by the Waste Levy, which came into effect on 1 July 2019.

The amending provisions ae contained in the Waste Reduction and Recycling Act 2011

Who introduced the levy?

The Queensland Government

When did the Levy commence?

1 July 2019

Where does the levy apply?

The Charters Towers Regional Council area is included in the levy zone. For more information, navigate to https://www.qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/recovery/disposal-levy

How much is the levy?

The fees are defined in Schedule 1 of the Waste Reduction and Recycling Regulation 2011. 

What does this mean for Residents?

Although the levy apples to all waste, the residential portion is refunded by the State, therefore it will not, in effect, apply to wheelie bin waste or self-hauled residential waste.

What does it mean for business?

Businesses will incur the waste levy. For businesses to minimise paying the waste levy, they will need to reduce waste generation and recycle as much as possible.

Can I get a waste levy exemption?

Two types of exemption are possible; exempt waste and approved application exemptions. For more information visit the QLD government website.