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Are you Waste Levy Ready?

The new State Waste Levy—what you need to know

Did you know that as of 1 July 2019, the Queensland Government is introducing a new State Waste Levy?

The Queensland Government is introducing the new levy to bring Queensland in line with other states and reduce the amount of waste going into our landfills.

What does it mean for you? Households won’t have to pay any additional costs for their kerbside collection service. But the levy will apply to businesses, so if you run or own a business there is some information you should know!

A renewed focus on recycling

So what’s the Queensland Government State Waste Levy all about?

The Queensland Government wants to manage waste better and one key way to accomplish that goal is increasing the amount we recycle.

By introducing the new levy, increasing funding to recycling projects and developing new recycling facilities the Queensland Government is encouraging businesses to recycle more. This renewed focus on recycling will help the government reduce the amount of waste in Queensland’s landfills.

The State Government has set the levy at $75 per tonne and the levy will rise at $5 per tonne every July for the next five years.

How the State Waste Levy impacts your business

From 1 July, the Queensland Government will charge businesses for disposing construction, demolition, commercial, agricultural and contaminated land waste.

What exactly does this mean? Here are some examples of the kinds of waste that will incur the levy:

·         Commercial waste from food outlets, restaurants or service stations

·         Excess waste stored in skip bins used at building sites

·         General rubbish from industrial sites like tyres or plastic

·         Waste generated from agricultural activities like T Tape irrigating

When businesses dispose of the above materials at a Southern Downs Regional Council waste transfer station or landfill, the business will have to pay both the State Waste Levy and SDRC fees for using the facilities.

How to be Waste Levy ready!

Businesses should consider advising their customers now about the levy and any increase in prices they need to charge to cover the new fees. That way, your customers won’t receive any unpleasant surprises after 1 July.

If your business has gathered a bit of waste needing to go to the tip, dispose of it before 1 July to avoid paying the levy. Make sure you plan ahead and don’t leave it until the last week of June!

Recycle as much as you can. Recycling items does not incur the levy, but you need to make sure your recycled items are not mixed in with other waste otherwise you will be charged the fee.

SDRC has recycling centres at a number of its transfer stations and landfills, with the Warwick and Stanthorpe facilities set up as the main centres for recycling. Several organisations across the Southern Downs also collect recyclable materials.

Using SDRC waste facilities

If your business has large amounts of waste to dispose, then Council asks that you use either the Warwick or Stanthorpe waste facilities.

Council’s bin compounds, like those found at Amiens, Ballandean and Karara, can only accept normal household waste like food scraps and general rubbish. If you have bulky items like furniture, mattresses, concrete or other non-household items then you must take them to either the Warwick or Stanthorpe facilities.

For more information on the State Waste Levy, visit qld.gov.au/environment/pollution/management/waste/recovery/disposal-levy.

To find out more about SDRC’s network of landfills and waste transfer stations head to sdrc.qld.gov.au.

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