QGov Waste Levy

Queensland's new waste levy

The Queensland Government is introducing a levy on waste going to landfill at $75 per tonne from 1 July 2019.

Queensland sends 55% of its waste to landfill and is the only mainland state without a waste levy, which is being introduced to increase recycling and resource recovery.

Businesses are encouraged to look at how they can reduce waste, separate waste streams and recycle more to help reduce waste disposal costs.

The levy will not affect the cost of residents putting out their kerbside wheelie-bins. The Queensland Government is providing advance payments to local councils to offset the levy on household waste going to landfill.

Residents are encouraged to boost their recycling efforts by finding out what recycling opportunities are available in their local government area.

For free tailored advice on reducing business waste, energy and water, visit ecoBiz (www.ecobiz.cciq.com.au).

The Queensland Government provides exemption for certain charitable recycling entities that meet an eligibility criteria. The National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisation (NACRO) is managing this exemption process, to find out more view the information sheet here(PDF, 1MB) or visit their website.

For more information on the waste levy, go to the Queensland Government website (www.qld.gov.au/waste-disposal-levy), or view fact sheet here(PDF, 638KB) or view flyer here(PDF, 162KB) . Alternatively, you can phone; 13 QGOV (13 74 68) or email; wastelevy@des.qld.gov.au .