Waste collection

Queensland Waste Levy: what you need to know

As of 1 July 2019, the Queensland Government will reintroduce a Waste Disposal Levy, bringing the state into line with all other mainland states (New South Wales, Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia) as well as the ACT, most of which have had waste levies in place for a number of years.

What is a Waste Levy?

A waste levy is essentially a state government tax charged per tonne of general waste disposed of at a landfill site.

Why have a waste tax?

The Queensland Government has reintroduced a waste tax as part of its draft Waste Management and Resource Recovery strategy, which is intended to improve the sustainability of the state’s waste management processes.

According to the Queensland Government, the waste tax aims to:   

  1. encourage waste avoidance
  2. reduce waste to landfill
  3. provide a source of funding to enable better resource recovery practices
  4. provide certainty and security of feedstocks for advanced technology
  5. facilitate industry investment in resource recovery infrastructure

The use of a waste tax to underpin the state’s waste management and resource recovery strategy is consistent with the strategies of the other states and territories.

Where does the waste tax apply?

The waste tax applies to 39 out of 77 Queensland local government areas, located from Port Douglas south and approximately 300km inland. This levy zone covers around 90% of the Queensland population.

What does the waste tax mean for you?

The waste tax applies to general waste streams - municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial (C&I) waste, and construction and demolition (C&D) waste – as well as regulated (or hazardous) waste. As at 1 July 2019, the QLD Government Waste Levy is set at $75 per tonne for general waste, $155 per tonne for Category 1 regulated waste and $105 per tonne for Category 2 regulated waste. Disposal facilities may also charge an associated administration fee. On our invoices, fees for services completed on or after 1 July 2019 will be shown inclusive of these adjusted charges. 

What are the waste tax rates?

More information about waste tax rates can be found on the Queensland Government website. 


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